Romantic operetta in three acts by Franz Lehár
In German language with German surtitles

Vienna, 1912. A winning horse show and the birthday of his own daughter give the Count of Lichtenfels double reason to throw a lavish party. Lisa, the birthday girl, promptly falls in love with Prince Sou-Chong, who is also a guest: his exotic aura, his special appearance, his reserved manner – all this fascinates the young Austrian girl.

Finally, she follows the prince to China, against all warnings and critical voices from home. Together with him she lands in Beijing, in the “Land of Smiles”, and soon cultural differences and thus unexpected sides of the beloved become apparent. Lisa longs to return to her homeland.

Cultureclash from Austria to China with Viennese Schmäh & Sachertorte, Buddha & lotus blossom – that’s what Das Land des Lächelns promises, an operetta in three acts by Franz Lehár, first performed in 1929 at Berlin’s Metropol Theater.

Sat. 17.06.2023 | 18.00 (Premiere)

So. 25.06.2023 | 15.00 h (Inclusion performance)

So. 02.07.2023 | 16.00 h

Sat. 08.07.2023 | 18.00 hrs

Sat. 15.07.2023 | 18.00 hrs

Thu. 07/27/2023 | 7:00 PM

Sat. 05.08.2023 | 18.00 hrs


Festival House


about 2 hours 15 minutes
+ approx. 30 minutes break

Musical direction: Cornelia von Kerssenbrock
Urs Häberli
Set & costume design: Dorothee Schumacher & Lutz Kemper
Lighting design: Arndt Sellentin
Video design: Maximilian Ulrich & Walter Ulrich
Choreography: Judith Seibert

Festival choir Immling
Festival Orchestra Immling

Lisa, daughter of Count Ferdinand Lichtenfels: Elvira Hasanagic
Prince Sou-Chong: Michael Ha
Princess Mi, whose sister: Carina Schmieger
Count Gustav von Pottenstein (Gustl): Gezim Berisha
Tschang, Sou-Chong’s uncle: Tair Tazhi
Count Ferdinand Lichtenfels, Field Marshal Lieutenant, Lisa’s father: Klaus-Peter Bülz
Obereunuch: Pierre Herrmann
Four nieces: Iris Obermeier, Elisa Unterseer, Simone Lang, Claudia Rudolph
Servant: Udo Beck
General: Martin Sulkowski
FuLi: Michael Feneberg
Countess: Uschi Zobelt
Tennis instructor: Alexandra Fahrenkroog

Assistant Director & Evening Director: Dmitri Kaplinski
Stage management: Michael Eichler
Light & sound engineering: Vladimir Klejch

Correpetition: Ana Filipa Luz

Tailoring: Laura Neumayer
Assistant tailoring: Maria Nagy
Wardrobe: Gabriele Henseler
Props: Luise Hölzel
Makeup artist: Franziska Mayer
Make-up chorus: Sabine Lutter

Festival choir Immling
Udo Beck, Elisabeth Berghammer, Barbara Bock, Traude Böhm, Kathi Bürger-Schuster, Alexandra Fahrenkroog, Michael Feneberg, Birgit Gillemot, Lucia Hecht, Klaus Keller, Ines Kleiner, Simone Lang, Helene Lohner, Birgit Lott, Birgit Neuner, Iris Obermeier, Claudia Rudolph, Anita Schmid, Irene Schmid, Martin Sulkowski, Elisa Unterseer, Regina Wiedergrün, Ursula Zobelt

Extra choir

Lenara Zakirova, Jessica Morel, Gulnara Samikova, Nini Tsintadze, Mariam Nergadze, Marie Ardey, Nina Kasrelishvili, Valeriya Sharovatova, Emin Ismayilov, Giorgi Archvadze, Luka Gulagashvili, Shio Abrakhamia, Pierre Herrmann, Diego Monroy, Tamaz Garsidze, Nikoloz Khachanidze, Misha Edisherashvili, Giorgi Patieshvili, Teimurazi Asatiani, Misha Edisherashvili Jr.

Extras short film

Hannah Beaulieu, Elisabeth Berghammer, Lena Landinger, Birgit Neuner, Georg Glas, Dmitri Kaplinski, Elisa König




Unique in Immling: Let the evening end atmospherically in the starry tent.
All information about the Après Opéra can be found HERE.


60 minutes before the start of each opera performance, you will be introduced to the special features of Immlingen’s productions. Our aperitif of the special Immling kind: music and nature in harmony in the idyllic apple orchard next to the Festspielhaus.