What a scandal! In the city of Naples, tensions are high. That very night, in prime minister Lugarini’s villa, his mistress, the actress Silvia Lombardi, discovers a stranger in her room while a plot to assassinate the head of state is revealed! Investigations, conspiracies, seduction and scandals make up the fabric of Die Stumme Serenade (The Silent Serenade). In this miniature masterpiece, composed upon return from his forced exile from Hollywood, Erich Korngold combines elements of jazz, film music and the Viennese operetta tradition. Die Stumme Serenade brings to the stage some of the classic plot twists so often portrayed in the Golden Age of American cinema.