Countess Maritza

Operetta in three acts by Emmerich Kálmán | Libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald

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»Let’s go to Varasdin,
where I’m the king and you’re the queen,
and we shall paint the town red, white, and green.«

ZSUPÁN

Countess Maritza is happy with life: her estate is in good hands with the manager Tassilo, and she can do as she pleases. If only there weren’t so many men chasing the rich landowner and her fortune! To alleviate the pressure to marry, she abruptly invents a fiancé out in the sticks, gives him the name Zsupán – from the well-known operetta »The Gypsy Baron« – and announces the happy event in the newspaper. Incredibly, a real-life Zsupán turns up at the ensuing celebration and makes a beeline for his fiancée …

Almost ten years after the success of his »Csárdás Princess«, Emmerich Kálmán returned to his native Hungary with the story of »Countess Mariza« – after excursions to cool Holland (»The Little Dutch Girl«) and fun-loving Paris (»The Yankee Princess«). Traces of the modern world had by now crept in, though, especially as the old Austrian imperial splendour had irretrievably vanished by 1918. The composer skilfully interweaved Hungarian folklore with foxtrot rhythms to score another world-wide success in 1924.

 

 

Vorstellungen

Opening Night
Sat. 20 October 2018

Conductor Pawel Poplawski
Director Oliver Klöter
Set  / Costume Designer Jason Southgate
Choreographer Marcel Leemann
Dramaturg Ulrike Schröder, Hannes Föst

Gräfin Mariza Noa Danon/Raffaela Lintl
Fürst Moritz Dragomir Populescu Manfred Wulfert
Baron Koloman Zsupán Johannes Wollrab
Graf Tassilo Endrödy-Wittemburg Stephen Chaundy
Lisa, seine Schwester Isabel Stüber Malagamba
Karl Stephan Liebenberg Roland Fenes
Fürstin Bożena Cuddenstein zu Chlumetz Ks. Undine Dreißig
Penižek, ihr Kammerdiener Sven Walser
Tschekko, ein alter Diener Marizas Peter Wittig
Berko, ein Zigeuner Pawel Stanislawow
Manja, eine junge Zigeunerin Hyejin Lee

Magdeburgische Philharmonie