Ein Walzertraum

  • Princess Helene (soprano )
  • Lieutenant Niki (Tenor)
  • Franzi stone Gruber, head of a women's Chapel (soprano )
  • Joachim XIII. , Reigning prince of Flausenthurn ( bass)
  • Count Lothar, cousin of the Prince ( Tenorbuffo )
  • Upper chamber Friederike of Insterburg (Alt )
  • Lieutenant Mont ski (baritone )
  • Minister Wendolin (baritone )
  • Leiblakai Sigismund (baritone )
  • Fifi, called " Tschinellenfifi ", member of the Ladies Orchestra (actress )
  • Annerl, another member of the Ladies Orchestra (actress )
  • Valet Eduard ( actor)
  • Court, courtiers, maids of honor, Austrian officers, people, members of the Ladies Orchestra (choir, ballet, musicians and supernumeraries )

A Waltz Dream is an operetta in three acts by Oscar Straus. The libretto was written Felix Dormann and Leopold Jacobson. It is based on the novel " Nux the Prince Consort " from the " Book of Adventure " by Hans Müller. The work was premiered on March 2, 1907 Vienna Carl theater.


Two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, a harp, celesta, guitar, percussion and strings. For the incidental music requires a Damenkapelle!


The operetta is set in the fictional principality Flausenthurn shortly after the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.

Act I

Image: Glorious hall in the castle

Finally that occurred, according to which the reigning Prince Joachim XIII. has longed by Flausenthurn long time: the wedding of his daughter Helene. Three hours before she and the Austrian Lieutenant Niki have tied the knot, and now is widely celebrated in the Great Hall of the castle. However, Niki is not happy about the many court ceremonies, which requires the aristocratic etiquette. Although hardly married, he craves it after his hometown of Vienna with its waltzes back. When his father holds the opportunity for fit, he pulls Niki into his confidence and asks him to give him but as soon as possible a grandson as heir to. However, over Niki's response, he is stunned. This requires him a separate bedroom and says that he was not born husband.

Towards evening penetrate from the nearby garden restoration gentle melodies across in three-quarter time to the castle. Suddenly Niki is transformed. He pretends to go to sleep, but leaves shortly thereafter unnoticed with his friend, the lieutenant Mont ski, the castle. The trail leads them to the bandstand in the park.

Second Act

Image: Restoration Park with bandstand

The ladies chapel just takes a break, what Niki exploits to flirt with the conductor Franzi stone Gruber. Also, it is an adventure not averse, especially the handsome young officer seems to come from her beloved Vienna.

In the royal palace has now been found that Niki has all but vanished. Therefore, the wedding party goes on a search for the missing. Here come Joachim XIII. , His cousin Count Lothar, the newly-married Princess Helene and their upper chamber Friederike of Insterburg also. In the park with bandstand With an atmosphere like they have never known before the Flausenthurner. The Viennese waltz of Damenkapelle allow the blood to get flowing. Joachim XIII. , For some years a widower has it in for the perky " Tschinellenfifi ", and his cousin Lothar makes every effort to flirt with the director of the orchestra. However, this haunts around only Niki in the head, so Lothar spends futile.

Niki can hardly believe it, when suddenly his wife in front of him and asks him to dance. Helen loves her husband sincerely, and is sad that he does not feel comfortable in Flausenthurn. Nevertheless, the two spin happily in three-quarter time. They are recognized by the people as jurisdictions. How they will then also paid homage, it is the head of the Damenkapelle clear that from the volatile flirtation with the dashing lads no love affair can occur.

Act Three

Image: Salon in Castle

Helene has to think in the restoration Park come back to the previous evening. Never before has their beloved Niki seen so cheerful. Something mysterious has at the Vienna atmosphere that prevailed there, lie. But what? - Fortunately, there is Helene succeeded Franzi stone Gruber invite to the castle. From her they want to know the secret. The musician does not have to wait long. She considers herself even to Helene Please, veiled to come to the castle, so that they will not be recognized by Niki. So it takes a few days, and by and by Viennese cosiness in the palace spreads. Niki noticed the inner transformation of his wife and is done more and more of her.

Count Lothar believes the veiled woman who currently sneaks into the castle daily, was Niki's mistress. Furthermore, he begins to rejoice secretly, he can the Vienna Schnösel not suffer at all and thinks he can drive him from the court when he transferred him of infidelity. But of course, it is nothing; He only disgraces himself there.

From the next room penetrates a lovely waltz at Niki's ear, sung by a female voice and accompanied by a violin. While the music is coming closer, Niki recognizes the two: There are Helen and Franzi. He enthusiastically closes his wife in his arms and pays homage to her the Viennese waltz dream. Franzi stone Gruber says goodbye. On her and her ladies chapel waiting for a guest performance in the Austrian capital.


When listening to the shiny orchestrated melodies blessed work comes a little on the idea that it is an early work of the composer. None of his later operettas reached anywhere near such a success. Even in the non- German speaking countries they came to an impressive performance numbers. Of the many delightful musical numbers, only the following are highlighted:

  • I 'm a man, a private man
  • Softly, softly does it sound through the room, lovely way Walzertraum

Spring request Happiness without peace, Hopes and Fears Love you! One more quake Eh past ' it - One more live - Love in May!

  • G'stellte lasses, resh and jauntily
  • Come here, my lovely Mäderl
  • O you prefer, you g'scheiter o ...
  • The secret you shall betray
  • Piccolo! Piccolo! Tsin - tsin - tsin!


After the first film adaptation in 1925, including with Willy Fritsch, Mady Christians and Xenia Desni which Operetta served together with the novel as a basis for the comedy The Smiling Lieutenant Ernst Lubitsch, which he directed in 1931 with Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert.

  • Operetta by Title
  • Operetta from the 20th century
  • Work of Oscar Straus ( composer )
  • Music 1907