Herbert and Harry Dexter. Plenty of chorus work, and many small parts, both male and female. Synopsis Act I Paganini, accompanied by his impresario, Bartucci, visits the small Principality of Lucca, whereupon the townspeople are given a chance to hear his diabolically tempting violin playing. The opinions of the villagers are divided regarding this "musical sorcerer" on the violin. The women are all hypnotised by his playing.
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It is also one of the many biographical operettas that were popular in the first part of the twentieth century, in which historical figures became the central figures in theatrically bittersweet love affairs. The success of Paganini encouraged the composer to continue in this direction of historical drama, and he went on to write both Der Zarewitsch and Friederike as a result. Unfortunately, Tauber was unavailable for the Vienna premiere of Paganini, on October 30, , but he was able to participate in the Berlin premiere of January 30, Paganini temporarily takes quarters in a village, on the way to perform at the court in Lucca.
He entrances the listeners with his practising, amongst whom is Princess Elisa. When they meet, the Princess falls in love with Paganini, but he is also being pusued by the singer Bella Giretti. Paganini does not discourage either woman, and the Princess - on discovering this - takes revenge by having Paganini arrested. However, she falls for his charms once again, allowing him to escape. Across the border, Elisa meets Paganini one last time, and he swears to live solely for his music.