The Land of Smiles


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Franz Lehár’s The 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).