In Giuditta, Lehár bridges the gap between the genres of opera and operetta. It was his last operetta and a personal favourite. While operettas are known for their light, amusing character, the music of Giuditta is much darker and the story has an unhappy ending. It was also written and designed on a larger scale than his previous operettas. Although it was not fully accepted into the world of operetta by performers and audiences, it is generally viewed as Lehár finest work.
Source: Text & Image: Album cover from 2003 recording at Seefestspiele Mörbisch, the world’s largest operetta festival.