The Empress Josephine Revisited

Operetta Research Center
4 June, 2014

Yes, she’s the Empress Josephine, and even 200 years after her death she still fascinates. Emmerich Kálmán wrote a whole operetta about her in 1936, and the Musée du Luxembourg has just opened an exhibition dedicated to this “hostess with the mostest”.

The empress Josphine.

The empress Josphine.

Worth visiting, if you’re in Paris. And of course, that Kálmán show would be worth hearing again too, maybe with Jonas Kaufman as Napoleon (i.e. the Richard Tauber role)? Since he’s working hard on a new operetta album, it might be right up his alley.

In his review for the newspaper Die Welt, Manuel Brug calles Joséphine de Beauharnais “the It-Girl at Napoleon’s side.” And, as we all know, good operettas have always been about It-Girls.

Read Manuel Brug’s article (in German) here.

For an English language review, try Women’s Wear Daily.