Music by Franz Schubert, arranged by Heinrich Berté and G.H. Clutsam.
English libretto by Adrian Ross.
Although Franz Schubert died tragically young, he left behind the most spontaneous and irrepressible outpouring of musical invention that the world has ever known including Lilac Time (originally known as Das Dreimäderlhaus).
Lilac Time is set in the Vienna that stimulated Schubert’s brief but rich music life with its story based on his passionate and unrequited love for Lili Veit, the youngest of three charming sisters. For his beloved, Schubert writes a song, the exquisitely lovely “I want to carve your name on every tree.” However, being too shy to sing of his feelings, he persuades his best friend, Franz Schober, to sing and, alas, Lili falls in love with the wrong Franz. For Franz Schubert there can be no other love and the operetta ends with his decision to devote the rest of his life to his music.
Lilac Time will be presented in costume with Shubert’s accompaniment and a Palm Court Trio in the delightful garden of the historical The Knowe, Sassafras.
Director: Robert Ray
Musical Director: Geoffrey Urquhart
This production is being kindly supported by Henkell Wines, and promises to be one of the highlights of Melbourne’s musical year.
Bring a picnic. One Welcome Drink included in the ticket price.
Gardens open 1pm – 6pm
DANIELLE ZUCCALA as Willi Veit
EMILIE WASHINGTON as Tilli Veit
BRIDGETTE KELSEY as Lili Veit
JENNIFER WAKEFIELD as Mrs Veit
IAN LOWE as Mr Christian Veit
MICHAEL ZUCCALA as Baron Franz von Schober
EDWARD HARCOURT as Franz Schubert
HELENE SHIELDS as Mme Fiammetta Marini
TERENCE MacMANUS as Johann Michael Vogl
TORQUIL SYME as Moritz von Schwind
JAMES DOUGLAS as Kappel
6 Performances at The Knowe, Sassafras
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