Countess Maritza

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January 2022
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Manja the gypsy girl flirts with the newly appointed bailiff, Béla Törek. Unknown to anyone, Törek is in fact the impoverished Count Tassilo, who is seeking to earn a living and set aside some cash for the dowry of his sister Lisa. The Countess Maritza, a young widow, unexpectedly arrives at the estate to celebrate her engagement. This 'engagement' is however quite fictitious, an invention intended to put off her numerous followers. The name she has chosen for her suitor, based on her recollection of Strauss' operetta, The Gypsy Baron, is Baron Koloman Zsupán. However, amongst Maritza's guests, to Tassilo's horror, is Lisa, who he instructs to keep their relationship and his identity strictly secret. Maritza is also embarrassed when a genuine Koloman Zsupán materialises, having seen an announcement of his 'engagement' in the press.

Tassilo is heard by the guests singing an air "Komm, Zigány" ("Come, gypsies!"), which he ends with a czardas. Maritza orders him to repeat it; he refuses, and the angry countess announces that he is fired. Manja predicts that The Countess will be very happy in love. "One moon will pass over this Earth and Maritza will find her happiness", she sings. Maritza therefore decides to remain on her estate. She stops Tassilo from leaving and apologises.

Zsupan has meanwhile decided that he prefers Lisa to Maritza, whilst Maritza is increasingly attracted to Tassilo. However, the ageing Lothario Populescu reveals to Maritza Tassilo's identity, and moreover alleges that Lisa is his girlfriend. Maritza in a high temper insults Tassilo, who declares that he will leave. However, before he goes, the repentant Maritza writes him a 'reference' which is in fact a proposal of marriage. The operetta ends with Maritza and Tassilo, and Zsupan and Lisa, engaged.

Program and cast

Cast

Fischl Mónika

Marica grófnő

Lévai Enikő

Marica grófnő

Lukács Anita

Marica grófnő

Dolhai Attila

Tasziló gróf

Vadász Zsolt

Tasziló gróf

Homonnay Zsolt

Tasziló gróf

Szendy Szilvi

Liza, a húga

Bojtos Luca

Liza, a húga

Széles Flóra

Liza, a húga

Laki Péter

Báró Zsupán Kálmán

Erdős Attila

Báró Zsupán Kálmán

Dénes Viktor

Báró Zsupán Kálmán

Lehoczky Zsuzsa

Cuddenstein Chlumetz Cecília hercegnő

Oszvald Marika

Cuddenstein Chlumetz Cecília hercegnő

Papadimitriu Athina

Cuddenstein Chlumetz Cecília hercegnő

Faragó András

Dragomir Populescu Moritz herceg

Langer Soma

Dragomir Populescu Moritz herceg

Kiss Zoltán

Dragomir Populescu Moritz herceg

Földes Tamás

Kudelka, főkomornyik

Szolnoki Tibor

Kudelka, főkomornyik

Altsach Gergely

Kudelka, főkomornyik

Bardóczy Attila

Mihály, öreg huszár

Melis Gábor

Mihály, öreg huszár

Balogh Bodor Attila

Mihály, öreg huszár

Zábrádi Annamária

Manja, cigánylány

Süle Dalma

Manja, cigánylány

Jakab-Mészáros Edina

Dombossy Ilka

Halasi Bianka

Dombossy Ilka

Pál Péter

Berkó

Gombai Szabolcs

Berkó

Conductor

Pfeiffer Gyula

Dobszay Péter

Creators

Kálmán Imre

Zeneszerző

Julius Brammer, Alfred Grünwald

Szövegíró

Harsányi Zsolt

Fordította

Orbán János Dénes

Dramaturg

Szabó Mónika

Karigazgató

Pfeiffer Gyula

Zenei vezető

Németh Zsuzsanna

Koreográfus-asszisztens

Szigethy Brigitta

Rendezőasszisztens

Rendezőasszisztens

Tucker András

Játékmester

Dreiszker József

Világítástervező

Berzsenyi Krisztina

Jelmeztervező

Cziegler Balázs

Díszlettervező

Ifj. Zsuráfszky Zoltán

Koreográfus munkatárs

Krizsán Dániel

Koreográfus munkatárs

Bozsik Yvette

Rendező-Koreográfus

With the cooperation of

A Színház Balettkara

A Színház Zenekara

Budapest Operetta Theater

Budapesti Operettszínház - The Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre

 

History



Until the beginning of World War I. the building housed an orpheum bar. When the war broke out "the palace of entertainment" closed, marking the end of the golden age of the orpheum. This is meant the end of what was later nostalgically called "the happy times of peace."

In 1923 the city of Budapest decided to give the genre of operetta a home of its own. With the opening of the Metropolitan Operetta Theatre the Hungarian capital saw the beginning of the "silver operetta" period by giving a new and permanent home to the genre after Népszínház and Király Színház. In the history of the theatre the most important thing was to cherish the traditions of the classic operetta while enriching it with modern artistic solutions. Next to Vienna Budapest is the other capital of the operetta and anyone who comes to our theatre can see the high quality of the genre represented here.

The theatre has had such legendary artists in the ensemble as Hanna Honthy, Marika Németh, Zsuzsa Petress, Anna Zentai, Kamill Feleki, Kálmán Latabár, Sándor Németh, Róbert Rátonyi or János Sárdy.


Building


The Operetta Theatre's present house was built after the plans of the famous Viennese architect-duo Fellner and Helmer in 1894. The spacious stage of the main auditorium were surrounded by intimate booths in a half-circle on both sides, while a dance floor ensured enough room for the waltz, polka, mazurka and the galopp. Its decorative winter garden housed the most exquisite French restaurant, while on the street front a concert café was opened.

In 1966 the building was rearranged, whereby the inner architecture and rooms were changed to a great extent. Between 1999 and 2001 it was completely refurbished. The most modern European stage technology was built in and the beautiful original decoration was regained along with the balcony row of the auditorium.

Today the theatre has 901 seats in an air-conditioned auditorium.

The former objects which remained in the building - lamp statues and columns keeping the row of boxes - are in perfect harmony with the new colourful glass windows, the mirrors, the period furniture of the buffet and the wooden floor.

The auditorium is lit by a hundred-year old chandelier. The row of boxes, the golden stuccos, the walls dressed in velvet and the allegorical statuettes decorating the entrance elevate your theatre evening into a real feast.

The inner space was designed by Mária Siklós and Gábor Schinagl. The management of the Budapest Operetta Theatre considers it its duty to work as a multifunctional cultural centre in local art and social like in this beautifully refurbished building of old grandeur.


Today

In these days under the direction of Miklós-Gábor Kerényi - KERO®, the Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre consists of two departments, which present classic Hungarian operettas, contemporary Hungarian musicals, and literature or history-based youth oriented pieces. With 500 annual shows and 400 thousand spectators this theatre is the most popular one of Hungary today.

Hungarian operetta playing - its passionate and fiery temper, its virtuoso dances and enchanting visuals - is well-known and acknowledged throughout the world. "There are several music venues in each city, where you can listen to good music, but operetta has only one address: Nagymező street 17, Budapest" - wrote the journal Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, when Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre first presented The Gypsy Princess in Germany. In the last few years Gerard Presgurvic's Romeo and Juliet - based on Shakespeare's world-famous drama - has been the most popular show in Hungary and last year Sylvester Levay's Rebecca - based on Daphne du Maurier's novel - drew the most spectators.

Since the mid-sixties, the theatre's repertoire contains the most popular musical shows as well. Its aim is to present the widest variety of works of Hungarian composers from operetta authors Emmerich Kálmán, Franz Lehár, Pál Ábrahám, Jenő Huszka, Albert Szirmai and Szabolcs Fényes to musical composers Ferenc Jávori, Tibor Kocsák, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Sylvester Levay and Levente Szörényi. Works, such as the Gypsy Princess, Countess Maritza, Gypsy Love, Ball at the Savoy, Baroness Lili, Mike the Magnate, Miss Saigon, Rebecca, Romeo and Juliet, Elisabeth, Mozart!, Abigail, the rock opera With You, Lord!, and the world-musical edition of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.

The creative team of the theatre plays a vital part in staging these works in co-production with the theatres of Saint Petersburg, Bucharest, Yekaterinburg, Prague, Salzburg and Erfurt and its company regularly presents gala shows in several countries in Europe and Asia. In 2011, the theatre won the exclusive rights to play the musical 'The Beauty and the Beast' in Germany (Munich, Cologne, Dresden, Mannheim and Düsseldorf, respectively) and Austria. After the successful Lehár and Lévay singing competitions, the theatre (that has been granted a SuperBrand status this year) is going to organize the Imre Kálmán International Operetta-Musical Conductor Competition in 2012.

The written and the electronic media discuss new premieres and show in their central pages, while commercials and promotion are sponsored by the most significant Hungarian media.

The theatre's leading soloists are real stars, who excel with their achievements and personalities and who enjoy the attention of the media.

CD-d and DVD-s of shows soon become gold and platina albums and DVD-s sell in the thousands.

Tens of thousands of young fans follow the events at the theatre and wait for the actors at the stage door. They analyze and discuss shows on internet forums and are present at every important event, which the theatre e-mails them about.

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