The first Romanian operetta, Crai Nou by Ciprian Porumbescu, premiered
11 March 1882
Ciprian Porumbescu (1853 – 1883) was a Romanian composer, among the most celebrated Romanian composers of his time. His work spreads over various forms and musical genres, but the majority of his work is choral and operetta.
As a student at the Vienna Musical Conservatory, Porumbescu noted with great interest the success of operettas by Strauss, Suppé, Offenbach and others. His supreme goal was to replace the frivolity of subject-matter in the fashionable operettas with a plot that revived old Romanian traditions. Among them was Crai Nou (New Moon), in which the new-born moon will fulfill every lover’s dreams of happiness (collected and published by Vasile Alecsandri), appeared the most appropriate for the dream-like environment of the local and earnest task he had in mind. The result was Romania’s first operetta of the same name.
Crai Nou (New Prince)
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