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DIE CSARDASFÜRSTIN in concert
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 abou ...
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 pervading 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.
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 full of melodies you will sing all the way home.

Synopsis

Sylva Varescu gives her farewell performance before setting off on a tour of America. This is not easy because she and the Fürst's ...
Sylva Varescu gives her farewell performance before setting off on a tour of America. This is not easy because she and the Fürst's son, Edwin von und zu Lippert-Weylersheim, are in love. The differences in their ranks in society make Sylva suspect that their relationship doesn't really have a chance. To make her stay Edwin promises to make her his wife before 8 weeks have past. The champagne mood quickly fizzles out when Sylva finds out that Edwin is already promised to his cousin Komtesse Stasi: Edwin's status conscious father had, without his son's consent, circulated news of their engagement to end his affair with the variety artist. Sylva, disillusioned, leaves for America with her friend and patron Graf Boni – breaking off all contact with Edwin. 8 weeks later: The Fürst has organised a party to announce Stasi and Edwin's engagement. Although Edwin is ready to marry his childhood sweetheart, he keeps trying to delay the announcement. Stasi senses that he is hoping that Sylva will return. And, she does, passing herself off as Graf Boni's wife. Edwin is consumed by jealousy and insists that Boni should get a divorce. Believing that Sylva is now a Gräfin, Edwin is suddenly prepared to proclaim his love for her in front of his family. Boni has has fallen head over heels in love with Stasi, and she with him. Sylva, furious about Edwin's snobbery, tears up the marriage contract, reveals her true identity and leaves. Boni and Feri try cheer Sylva up. Edwin's mother hopes to reconcile Edwin and Sylva. When young, and unbeknown to her husband, she too was a celebrated variety artist. He is aghast when he finds out but, in view of their very happy marriage, is persuaded to sanction Edwin and Sylva's relationship. A double wedding seems inevitable.
Performances

Sunday 04.01.2015 19:30 h

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Cast

Conductor
Eun Sun Kim
Director
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
Gideon Poppe
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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