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Die Csárdásfürstin
Emmerich Kálmán
Opernhaus Düsseldorf
Thursday, 20. February 2014
19:30 - 22:00 hours

Duration: about 2 ½ hours, one interval
17,10 - 81,50 € Abo.+15
Further Dates And Events
Opernhaus Düsseldorf
April 2014
Sa  |  26.04.  | 19:30  Abo. 2 Online Tickets: 17,10 - 81,50 €
Theater Duisburg
May 2014
Th  |  08.05.  | 19:30  Abo. L Online Tickets: 18,10 - 62,80 €
Fr  |  23.05.  | 19:30  Abo. O Online Tickets: 18,10 - 62,80 €
June 2014
Th  |  19.06.  | 18:30  Abo. T Online Tickets: 18,10 - 62,80 €

Duration: about 2 ½ hours, one interval
“This is how operetta today should, must be staged! Despite rejecting costumes from the museum and historicizing cardboard scenery the optical effect was huge. A staging of unusually high quality”. Thus the praise of Peter Bilsing in the magazine “Opernfreund” for Joan Anton Rechi’s realization of the “Csárdás Princess” which was premièred in the delightful sets of Alfons Flores and the stylishly glamorous costumes of Sebastian Ellrich last season in Duisburg. The popular operetta by Emmerich Kálmán (1882-1953) is now coming to Düsseldorf also.

Revue star Sylva Varescu is in love with Edwin von und zu Lippert-Weylersheim, son of a Viennese prince, whose family has however forbidden him the unsuitable liaison. Sylva is hoping for a grand wedding and a quiet private life with her Edwin, but she knows from the start that the difference in social standing will be practically impossible to surmount.

This ambivalence between a transcendent desire to be happy together and the awareness that reality disallows it is Rechi’s starting-point for his staging. The distance between the high flights of love and its disappointments, between the intimacy of emotion and its treatment by others’ opinion are hardly in any other operetta as close to one another as they are in “Csárdásfürstin”. The text of the big opening number “Heia, where I come from is a mountain home” - (which she sings on stage for her cabaret public) – tell us everything about her personal sincerity: “If a Transsylvanian girl should offer you her heart, no flirtation, no evasion play the slightest part. If you only want amusement, go to others, count me out!” The entertainer warns the public not to play with her, but hides her vulnerability behind an ostensibly jolly, humorous tone, just as the earnest undertones of Kálmán’s operetta are hidden behind the swooning melodies and the Hungarian swagger and Viennese lilt of his rhythms.
 
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Emmerich Kálmán
DIE CSÁRDÁSFÜRSTIN
(The Czárdás Princess)

Operetta in three acts
Libretto by Leo Stein and Béla Jenbach

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In German with German surtitles
 

Musikalische Leitung Patrick Francis Chestnut
Inszenierung Joan Anton Rechi
Bühne Alfons Flores
Kostüme Sebastian Ellrich
Choreographie Amelie Jalowy
Licht Volker Weinhart
Chorleitung Christoph Kurig
Dramaturgie Bernhard F. Loges
 
Fürst von und zu Lippert-Weylersheim Peter Nikolaus Kante
Anhilte Manuela Kunze
Edwin Bernhard Berchtold
Stasi Aïsha Tümmler
Graf Boni Káncsiánu Cornel Frey
Sylva Varescu Nataliya Kovalova
Feri Bácsi Stefan Heidemann
General Rohnsdorff Christian Bartels
Kiss, Notar Elimar Köster
Tänzerin Anastasia Siriatska, Caterina Mascia, Sara Blasco Gutiérrez, Chih-Ying Ku-Gebert, Phaedra Pisimisi
Tänzer Joeri Burger, Jonas Tilly, David Laera, Alexander Andreyev, Fernando Moraga
Chor Chor der Deutschen Oper am Rhein
Orchester Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
 

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