Music: Poor Vienna

To all who feel pleasantly dreamy at the mere mention of An der Schonen Blauen Donau, to lovers of the bustled, candlelit atmosphere of Die Fledermaus and the sprightly, stagily Hungarian Gypsy Baron, there was sadness in the news last week that the Johann-Strauss-Theater in Vienna had gone bankrupt. Not because of any association with Strauss and his works (the theatre was built in 1908) was it to be regretted, but its passing marked another step in the decline of Vienna's once-renowned product, the operetta. Here had been given the premieres of most...

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