“Rollen heißt das Zauberwort, welches dem dramatischen Dichter die Pforten der Bühne öffnet”

Albert Lortzing, opera-composer, librettist and jack-of-all-trades in theatre and opera, was born into a theatrical family. He had a sure sense for theatrical effectiveness and devoted himself almost entirely to comic opera.
His most famous works are “Zar und Zimmermann” (1837) and “Der Wildschütz” (1842),both Singspiele, but he also composed a romantic opera, “Undine” (1845) and a revolutionary opera, “Regina” (1848).
Himself influenced by W.A. Mozart, Lortzing was at the parting of the ways to Richard Wagner (Lortzing’s “Hans Sachs” probably influenced Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger”) and to Johann Strauss II.
©George Overmeire.