Emmerich Kálmán (1882 – 1953)
Operetta in three acts
Sung in German.
Libretto: Julius Brammer & Alfred Grünwald
Premiere: 1924 in Vienna
Following the success of Emmerich Kálmán's "Csárdásfürstin", his fun-filled operetta "Countess Mariza" is set in a world filled with contradictions, where excess and bankruptcy, love and fragile aristocratic pride are at the order of the day. Mariza, an incredibly wealthy widow, has sworn off all men, since they are only interested in her bank balance. She announces her fictitious engagement to Baron Zsupán, an idea she concocted in order to put off her numerous followers. To her horror, however, the real Baron Zsupán arrives on the scene, having seen an announcement of his 'engagement' in the press. Mariza has since fallen in love with the charming but impoverished Count Tassilo. Sabina Cvilak, alternating with Betsy Horne, alongside Thomas Blondelle, alternating with Marco Jentzsch, take on the role of the quarrelling dream couple, under the baton of Christoph Stiller. Thomas Enzinger, director of the Lehàr Festival Bad Ischl, directs this entertaining musical comedy, while Toto designs both the sets and costumes.