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Emmerich Kálmán
1882 - 1953
Operetta in three acts
Libretto by Leo Stein
First performed November 17th 1915, Johann-Strauss Theater, Vienna
Semi-staged. Sung in German with German surtitles
Additional performance on January 5th 2015 in the Philharmonie in Cologne
Duration: 2 1/2 hours with one interval

About the work

Budapest, not long before the outbreak of World War I: the young men enjoying themselves in the »Orpheum« couldn't give a fig about the gloomy atmosphere around the world. The star among the singers and dancers is Sylva Verescu. None is as vivacious, beautiful and talented as she. Her speciality is the Hungarian national dance, the Csardas, to which she puts full use of her physical charms and seductive voice. A tour of America is planned to make her internationally known. Her admirer Edwin is not at all amused at the thought of her strutting her stuff on the other side of the Atlantic. He is in deadly ernest, and gives her a written proposal of marriage. But his parents, who would rather see their son fight for the preservation of the monarchy, have already set plans in motion for him to make a match more befitting his rank. Sylva leaves, completely disillusioned, and Edwin almost immediately starts to cheer himself up with his pretty cousin. Sylva does not intend to put up with the double morals of the upper classes for long. She returns and, putting on a splendid performance as the »Csardasfürstin«, gains respect at, of all places, the engagement party for Edwin and his new lover. She shows the marriage contract to the puzzled gathering and tears it into pieces.
Emmerich Kálmán paints a portrait of a faltering upper class, limping along behind its own moral standards. The cheeky Csardasfürstin was this Hungarian composer's greatest success. The three acts, which fly by, are wrapped up in wit and full of melodies you will sing all the way home.

Wednesday 31.12.2014 19:30 h

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Eun Sun Kim
Dorothea Kirschbaum
Chorus Master
Tilman Michael

Sylva Varescu
Vida Mikneviciute
Edwin Ronald von und zu Lippert-Weylersheim
Peter Sonn
Feri von Kerekes
Peter Edelmann
Graf Boni Káncsiánu
Peter Marsh
Komtesse Stasi, Edwin's Cousin
Kateryna Kasper
Fürst Leopold Maria, Edwin's father
Franz Mayer
Anhilte, his mother
Margit Neubauer

Oper Frankfurt's Orchestra and Chorus

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