Harald Serafin

When Harald Serafin assumed the directorship of this festival in 1992, the ascent of Mörbisch as the “Mecca of operetta” began its course. Today, up to 220,000 visitors attend the festival at the open-air stage on Lake Neusiedler. After an excursion to the neighboring area of the musical in 2009 (My Fair Lady), this year’s program again brings an operetta classic to the stage: Der Zarewitsch by Franz Lehár. Although this operetta has an unusually tragic plot for the genre and sends the audience away without the typical happy end, it became a hit, not only because of Richard Tauber, for whom the piece was practically customtailored.
In the Mörbisch production, Romanian born tenor Tiberius Simu sings the role of the Zarewitsch; Alexandra Reinprechtin, who has made guest appearances at the Oper unter den Linden, the Munich State Opera, the Vienna State Opera as well as the Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals, sings Sonja. She performed the same role in 2009 at Munich’s Prinzregententheater with the Munich Radio Orchestra under Ulf Schirmer.
Franz Lehár: Der Zarewitsch OC 770