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31 Aug 2020, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2020 Live Viennese Night

Viennese Night
Viennese Night
19:30 Mon 31 Aug 2020 Royal Albert Hall
Crack open the champagne and don your evening dress as the BBC Concert Orchestra host a night of Viennese operetta marking 150 years since the birth of Franz Lehár. Johann Strauss II and other contemporaries offer their own musical confections.
Crack open the champagne and don your evening dress as the BBC Concert Orchestra host a night of Viennese operetta marking 150 years since the birth of Franz Lehár. Johann Strauss II and other contemporaries offer their own musical confections.

Performances & Interviews

Programme

      • The Merry Widow – overture(9 mins)
      • The Chocolate Soldier(5 mins)Duet: ‘Don’t’ eat them all, you greedy man’ (arr. Ronald Hanmer)
      • Giuditta – ‘Meine lippen, sie süssen so heiss’(6 mins)arr. Hans Schneider
      • Countess Maritza – ‘Wenn es Abend wird’ … Grüss mir mein Wien’(5 mins)(arr. Max Schönherr)
      • Die Fledermaus – overture(9 mins)
      • Paganini – Prelude and Violin Solo(4 mins)arr. Harry Dexter
      • Der Opernball(6 mins)Rendezvous-Duettino (‘Im Chambre Séparée’)
      • Gold and Silver Waltz(8 mins)
      • The Merry Widow – Vilja(6 mins)arr. Phil Park/Ronald Hanmer
      • The Land of Smiles – ‘You are my heart’s delight’(4 mins)
      • Pizzicato Polka(3 mins)
      • Die Fledermaus – Watch Duet(5 mins)arr. Stanford Robinson

Performers

About This Event

Marking 150 years since the birth of Franz Lehár – and recalling the long-running Proms tradition of the ‘Viennese Night’ begun in the 1950s – we step into the gilded ballroom of operetta, evoking the glamour and sophistication of turn-of-the-century Vienna.

Clink your glasses to an evening of champagne-filled romance and melody featuring excerpts from Lehár’s most popular titles such as The Merry Widow, The Land of Smiles and Giuditta, as well as music by fellow creators of the ‘Silver Age’ of Viennese operetta – and excerpts from the most enduring and popular operetta of them all, Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus (‘The Bat’). The ever-stylish BBC Concert Orchestra graces the stage, under its Principal Conductor Bramwell Tovey.

It will not be possible to have an audience at the Royal Albert Hall.

Live on BBC Radio 3 & live-streamed to BBC iPlayer

Image: Sophie Bevan © Sussie Ahlburg