• Paul Schott


    Wine label inspired in Die Tote Stadt, by Valentino Monticello

    After firing Hans Müller, the Korngolds decided to write themselves the libretto of Die Tote Stadt. However, to prevent attacks from the many enemies of Juluis, they signed with the alias of Paul Schott.

    When the opera was premiered in Vienna, the newspaper 'Wiener Allgemeine Zeitung', published that the real writers were Julius Korngold and Hans Müller. The following day, Erich Wolfgang Korngold sent a letter to the editor claiming Schott was a living person, that was in fact busy writing the libretto of his next opera.

    In this autobiography, published in 1942, Julius Korngold insisted in the story about Schott. It was indeed a well guarded secret, and only in 1975, with the performances at the NYCO, that Erich's sons finally revealed that their father and grandfather were indeed the librettist.


    Du Bist mein Traum, a piece written by Korngold in 1931 for the operetta "Das Lied der Liebe", sung by Richard Tauber:



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