Librettist. An important figure of Viennese operetta's "Silver Age". He frequently collaborated with author Victor Leon, with whom he wrote the libretto for Franz Lehar's classic "The Merry Widow" (1905). It was Stein who convinced Vienna's prestigious Theater An der Wein that the old French farce would make a good operetta, though its creation was fraught with difficulties (including replacing composer Richard Heuberger with Lehar) right up to its premiere. He also co-authored the books and lyrics for "Wiener Blut" (1899) by Johann Strauss, Jr., "The Count of Luxembourg" (1909) by Lehar, and Kalman's "The Gypsy Princess" (1915), and provided German translations for several Broadway shows. Leo Rosenstein was born in Lemberg, Galicia.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards