2024 Lilac Time


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Music by Franz Schubert, arranged by Heinrich Berté and G.H. Clutsam.
English libretto by Adrian Ross.



In order of appearance:

Ferdinand Binder – a postmaster JOSHUA ERDELYI-GÖTZ
Andreas Braun – a saddler SAM HARGREAVES
Tilli – one of Mr Veit’s three daughters EMILIE WASHINGTON
Willi – one of Mr Veit’s three daughters DANIELLE ZUCCALA
Lili – one of Mr Veit’s three daughters BRIDGETTE KELSEY
Johann Michael Vogl – an opera singer TERENCE MacMANUS
Moritz von Schwind – a painter TORQUIL SYME
Ludwig Kappel – a draughtsman JAMES DOUGLAS
Baron Franz von Schober – a poet MICHAEL ZUCCALA
Christian Veit – Court glass maker IAN LOWE
Fritzi – a servant to Veit LYNETTE MANN
Mme Fiammetta Marini (La Marinella) – Prima Ballerina at the Opera HELENE SHIELDS

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


Keyboard:  Geoffrey Urquhart
Flute: Peter Sheridan
Violin: Selina Chong

Recorded at The Knowe, Victoria, Australia, February 2024.

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