Synopsis : Lisa, the daughter of Count Lichtenfels is a fun-loving woman. But he knows that this liaison is actually impossible. This pain oppresses him, but the chinese culture obliges him to to hide it. It forces people to always smile. Lisa invites the prince for a cup of tea.
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Synopsis : Lisa, the daughter of Count Lichtenfels is a fun-loving woman. But he knows that this liaison is actually impossible. This pain oppresses him, but the chinese culture obliges him to to hide it. It forces people to always smile. Lisa invites the prince for a cup of tea. The two enjoy the time together and flirt gallantly with each other. The prince receives a letter forcing him to leave for China immediately. He assumes an important position in the government.
He has realized that he does not fit into the western world, but he also has to admit that he has to leave behind someone he loves. The two recognize their mutual love and decide to go to China together. There Lisa has to recognize the gap between their cultures, which is depressing her. Sou-Chong tries to cheer her up and conjures up the love that has brought them together. The head of the family Tschang, demands that the prince marries four Manchu women according to the laws of the country, Lisa would then be the fifth wife.
The prince begins to realize the hopelessness of the situation. Lisa is unhappy in a foreign country and is full of longing for her home in Vienna. Once again the Prince tries to comfort her and conjures up his love. The tenor Richard Tauber must surely be given a lot of credit for this. Lehar skilfully draws the melancholy mood of Son-Cheng with characteristic successive falling tones.
Lehar purposefully leads the aria to the high A flat. Lehar wrote many arias into the throat of tenor Richard Tauber see more below. His most beautiful register was the middle register and his weakness were the high tones above the A flat.
Therefore this aria does not go beyond this tone. In the middle section Lehar brings Far Eastern colouring into the orchestra with pentatonic scales:. The first part is repeated and the aria closes with beautiful D flat. In tenor recital this final note becomes a high A flat for reasons of effect. The role of Sou-Chong is written for a lyric tenor. The lyric tenor has a soft, melting voice. The voice must be rich and agile in melodic creation. He can reach the high notes with ease and create a beautiful sound.
The lyrical tenor must be able to sing both intimate pieces and more exciting pieces convincingly. Dein ist mein ganzes Herz! Wie wunderbar ist dein leuchtendes Haar! All of my heart is yours Where you are not, I cannot be.
Yours is my finest song Because it blossoms from love alone. Wherever I may go, I feel your presence. I want to drink your breath And fall to your feet praying Just for you alone!
How wonderful Is your brilliant hair! Beautiful like a dream and anxiously wistful Is the bright glance of your eyes. When I hear your voice It sounds like music to me. The artistic partnership between Tauber and Lehar was highly symbiotic. In Richard Tauber sang an operetta by Lehar for the first time and reaped immediate success. Lehar suffered from the decline of the operetta genre. Richard Tauber was one of the great entertainment stars during his lifetime and this aria made him a legend.
Singing in operettas, the broad middle class opened up to him and he became mainstream. Lehar was clever enough to adapt the singing voice of Sou-Chong in close cooperation with Richard Tauber.
In a second recording we hear Joseph Schmid. His interpretation touches the listener instantly. Schmidt was a contemporary of Tauber. Pavarotti, immensely lyrical and voluptuous. For an additional effect, Pavarotti, Domingo, Villazon and co. This post is also available in: German. Your email address will not be published.
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The Land of Smiles – Dein ist mein ganzes Herz
It was for many years associated with the tenor Richard Tauber , for whom it was written. The aria is sung by the character of Prince Sou-Chong in act 2. An American version of the show opened on Broadway in starring Tauber but it soon closed as Tauber had throat trouble. With Tauber's emigration to London in , it became popular also in the English-speaking world with lyrics by Harry B. Smith , which had originally been written in , and went on to become a staple of light music repertoire for tenor voice.
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