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David Cutler
Fanfare, July 2020

…This is an historical performance and we therefore need some brief details about the cast and at the very least, their registers.

The overture positively sparkles in this 1953 recording and is jauntily performed by conductor Kurt Richter and his Viennese forces. Most of the singers are better than average. Edith Kermer has an attractive voice… © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review

Ralph Locke
American Record Guide, May 2020

My favorites here are Equiluz (touching in expression), the ripe but well-controlled mezzo Wilma Jung, the appropriately vain-sounding tenor Tino di Costa (as the prince), and the resonant deep bass Leo Heppe (as the father). Herta Schmidt is appropriately magical in the coloratura-filled aria of Stella in Act 3 (set on the planet Venus). The orchestra is recorded less prominently than the singers but still clearly, thanks to the Austrian Radio. Conductor Kurt Richter, another name new to me, adapts tempos nicely to the changing dramatic situation and helps the singers show us their best vocal profile. © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, March 2020

Kurt Richter leads a performance full of life…

Franz Fuchs as Tsing-Sing sings and acts acceptably and Tino di Costa has some ringing high notes as Prince Yang. …Wilma Jung’s Péki is among the best, in particular in the Ballade… The true primadonna is however Herta Schmidt as Princess Stella. Her light lyrical soprano is a pleasure to listen to and her coloratura is spot on. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Records International, March 2020

An opéra-féerïque based on a tale from the Arabian Nights dating from 1835. © 2020 Records International

Lark Reviews, January 2020

This is an Austrian radio recording from 1953 which holds up remarkably well. The comic opera is best known (possibly only known these days) for its overture which does turn up in concert programmes. However the work itself is unlikely to be revived as it falls into the category of early 19th century Chinese fairy tale, with all the potential cultural problems attached. As a fantasy, the music is often charming if light-weight. Only Stella’s aria in the third act comes anywhere near Rossini for character and musical interest. A rarity and good to have available if its appeal may be limited. © 2020 Lark Reviews

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