The Ohio Light Opera
Professional Theatre

Music by Franz Lehár
Lyrics and Book by Ludwig Herzer and Fritz Lohner

Show Description:
Few, if any, German cultural figures are revered as much as poet/playwright/novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It was thus quite a daring step when famed composer Franz Lehar and his librettists chose to write an operetta about his early days as a struggling poet and his love affair with Friederike Brion, daughter of an Alsacian village parson. The operetta's plot centers on Goethe's sought-after appointment as court poet in Weimar, which, because of past court experiences, will be approved by the reigning Duke only if Goethe remains a bachelor. Intent on marrying Friederike, he refuses the post. Recognizing the importance of the opportunity to her beloved's career, she begins flirting with his best friend Lenz. Thinking her unfaithful, Goethe accepts the court position, bids Friederike a cold farewell, and heads for Weimar. Years later, he passes through her home town again and only then learns the truth. But is it too late? Lehar poured out his heart in writing one of his most beautiful scores. Operetta lovers will most certainly recognize several tunes, including "Oh, Maiden, My Maiden," sung by Goethe as he revels in his court poet offer and the belief, at that moment, that he will be enjoying it with the love of his life, and Friederike's "Why Did You Kiss My Heart Awake," as she struggles with the heartwrenching decision that she feels obligated to make.

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July 14 - August 6

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$10-$52 Reserved Seating

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The Ohio Light Opera
1189 Beall Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691

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