"this operetta of Franz Lehár"
by hector

The Land of Smiles was quite a recent composition at the time.  Franz Lehár originally named the work The Yellow Jacket, but it was not a success and he revised it and came up with the new title in time for its premier in 1929.

The bittersweet romantic work is set largely in China, and the title refers to the Chinese custom of smiling whatever the situation.

Listen on Spotify:   Overture       Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz