• Michael Albert

The Land of Smiles


Franz Lehár’sThe Land of Smiles (1929), one of his later operettas, was written largely around the talents of Richard Tauber. Composers would often write signature arias for Tauber, a renowned Austrian tenor, and “You Are My Heart’s Delight” from The Land of Smiles, is a prime example. 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).


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