• Michael Albert

The Land of Smiles

Franz Lehar’s The Land of Smiles (1929), one of his later operettas, was written largely around the performance of Richard Tauber. Composers would often write signature arias for Tauber, a renowned Austrian tenor, which, in The Land of Smiles, is “You Are My Heart’s Delight.” Audiences attending the original London production would have heard the aria sung by Tauber himself.

Sources: Text & Image: Coloured black and white photograph of Richard Lauber on a cigarette card (1932).