‘A Trip to Africa’ available now!

A Trip to Africa: Die Afrikareise, as compiled by Dario Salvi and Hannah Salvi, is now available on Cambridge Scholars.

This is the first time that the libretto of Franz Von Suppé’s ‘A Trip to Africa’ has been published in three languages (English, German and Italian) with accompanying stage directions, images, reviews and research.

In 1883, three of the masterminds of Viennese operetta collaborated on a new masterpiece; A Trip to Africa or Die Afrikareise in the original German. They were composer Franz von Suppé and librettists Richard Genée and Moritz West. The final result was one of the best Viennese operettas of all time. The work was performed across the world for 50 years, before the advent of films and lighter musical theatre made it, and many other works belonging to the same tradition, obsolete. The last known performance was in Italy in 1922. Using sources from all over the world, this book pieces together for the first time a complete libretto, in English, German and Italian, with the original stage directions, as well as images of some of the productions. The story is full of humour, romance and suspense, with catchy melodies in a quintessentially Viennese style.

You can purchase the book through Cambridge Scholars and Amazon.

Read a review by Kevin Clarke of the Operetta Research Center here.


Welcome to the all-new website of the Imperial Vienna Orchestra.

As you can see, we have updated the way the website looks and made it more stable, so hopefully it will be easier for you to use.

It only seemed fitting to make these changes now, as the IVO has an exciting year ahead…watch this space for further updates, and we hope that you enjoy our new look!

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