Countess Maritza

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:30 PM

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It could be said that the most enduring legacy of the operetta is the politically incorrect exclamation “Come, Gypsies!” – but it also can’t be denied that Tassilo’s aria which features the call is very catchy. In any case politics is of no importance here – in spite of raging national and class conflicts, the spectacular collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the exile of Emperor Charles I to Madeira and his death in 1922, Imre Kálmán cultivated the traditions of Viennese operetta, feeding them the myth of a multicultural empire. His Countess Maritza is shrouded with ethereal, decadent beauty and enchanting exuberance.

The elegant waltz appears shoulder to shoulder with Hungarian dulcimers and Gypsy fiddles. Any melancholy is chased away by the fiery csárdás, and the famous duet by the countess and Baron Kolomán Zsupán (based on the protagonist of another acclaimed operetta – do you know which one?) takes us to Varaždin in Croatia. Careful listeners will also spot occasional inspirations from jazz and musicals straight from the US. But what’s it all about? Love, naturally!

Igor Kuranda, Karnet magazine

Direction: Paweł Piotrowski-Aigner
Musical direction: Tomasz Tokarczyk

 

 

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Kraków Opera

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During the artistic season, the Kraków Opera presents around 200 performances: world classics, operettas, and ballet and musical productions for children.

During the artistic season, the Kraków Opera presents around 200 performances enjoyed by an audience of nearly 70,000. Its repertoire includes world classics (Carmen, Tosca, la Boheme), operettas (The Gypsy Baron, Die Fledermaus), and ballet and musical productions for children. Polish artists of world renown, notably Małgorzata Walewska, Mariusz Kwiecień, Andrzej Dobber, Wojtek Śmiłek, and Łukasz Borowicz, enjoy working with the Kraków Opera. The popularity of opera productions in Kraków makes it necessary to book tickets long in  advance. The artistic season of the Kraków opera ends on a powerful forte: a summer festival presenting musical productions amid the extraordinary scenery of Wawel Castle courtyard.

Guest performances by theatres and concerts can also be seen on the hospitable stage of the Kraków Opera.

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