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The Practicalities of Producing the Play Mozart, with Music by Franz von Suppé

Author(s): Lucinda Bray, Dario Salvi

Book Description

In 1854, the originator of Viennese Operetta, Franz von Suppé created the music for a new play by Leonhart Wohlmuth. It is part of a forgotten art form where the music underlines and accompanies the action on stage in a similar way to a soundtrack for a film. While the music works very well in the present day, the real challenge is to modernise the script to make it relevant and interesting for a modern audience.

Originally written in early 19th century German, the script sounds outdated and received a less than positive reception at its original outing. Its dialogue is more in keeping with Opera and required significant work to make it palatable to a contemporary audience. The project on which this book is based maintained the music by Suppé as indicated in the manuscript score, while translating and adapting the German script by Wohlmuth into a version more interesting in the present day.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3740-8
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3740-4
Date of Publication: 01/10/2019
Pages / Size: 227 / A5
Price: £61.99


Lucinda Bray is a theatre maker, traveller, educator and writer. She has expertise in design, direction, forum theatre and production management. She has created theatre in Uganda, Kenya and the UK. Her undergraduate research at University College Chester, UK, focused on making early burlesque and melodrama accessible to a modern audience.

Dario Salvi is an orchestral conductor and researcher specialized in the restoration and performance of rare works. His main area of interest is Viennese music and works by Meyerbeer and Auber. He has conducted opera and operetta across Europe and the USA, as well as Oman. His passion is the rediscovery and performance of never-before-heard masterpieces by the likes of Suppé, Meyerbeer, Rumshinsky, Genée, Auber and many others.