A Night at the Opera: "Das Land des Lächelns" by Franz Lehár
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“Smile, be cheerful, always satisfied, no matter what happens, ...” sings Prince Sou-Chong, introducing the fundamentally melancholy tone of this operette, which even has a tragic end. "Land des Lächelns" is one of Franz Lehár’s late operettas,.
In "Land des Lächelns", 2 young people from different culturies meet. While in Vienna, the Chinese diplomat Prince Sou-Chong meets Lisa, who is from an aristocratic family. The two are attracted to eachother and fall in love. When Sou-Chong is appointed Chinese prime minister, Lisa follows him, where she is confronted with strange customs and ancient traditions that put her love for Sou-Chong to the test. In the end it becomes clear that the two worlds are incompatible and will not allow the pair to share a future.
German with German and English surtitles.
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