7 December: Die Csárdásfürstin


In the diverse repertoire of the theatre 'St. Petersburg Opera' along with the opera dramas by Verdi and Puccini, the masterpieces of Russian musical classics, quite a significant place takes the cycle called ‘Operetta in the opera house’ The artistic director of the theater, Yuri Alexandrov, often turns to this genre, because, as he says himself, “time dictates the need for happy finals”. In addition, the operetta requires luxurious operatic voices, and the St. Petersburg Opera theater has long been famous for this. The Artistic director of the theatre Yuri Alexandrov, often turns to this genre because as he says himself, “nowadays' life dictates the need for happy finals”. 

This season the theatre presents the premiere of the production of the operetta 'Die Csárdásfürstin'. Besides the classics of the genre such as Johann Strauss, Jacques Offenbach and Robert Plunkett, a Hungarian name of the composer Emmerich Kálmán is included in the theatre’s playbill. ‘Die Csárdásfürstin’ is one of the most popular of his works. Its original name did not stick in Russia, and it is called ‘Silva’. The Russian premiere took place during the First World War, therefore, many names of the characters were changed. A curious fact: the success of the premiere, both in Vienna and in St. Petersburg was such that the performance became one of the most memorable theatrical events on both sides of the front - in Russia and in Austria- Hungary.

One hundred years after the premiere, this operetta has not lost its relevance and charm. Inspirational melodies of 'Die Csárdásfürstin' captivate new generations of spectators…

 


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