Operetta by Imre Kálmán in two acts
Libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald, adapted by Thomas Mittmann
Translation of the lyrics: Peeter Volkonski
World premiere on March 26, 1926 in Theater an der Wien
Premiere at the Estonian National Opera on January 3, 2015
Conductors: Lauri Sirp, Jüri Alperten, Kaspar Mänd
Stage Director: Thomas Mittmann (Germany)
Designer: Gilberto Giardini (Germany)
Lighting Designer: Anton Kulagin
Chorus Master: Elmo Tiisvald
Coreographer of the Russian Dance: Marina Kesler
Imre Kálmán ranks next to Franz Lehár as one of the leading representatives of operetta. The roots of the phenomenal originality of his melodies lie in his love of Hungarian gypsy music and his natural affinity for the Viennese waltz tradition, which characterise such successes as the operettas “Die Csárdásfürstin“ (1915), “Gräfin Mariza” (1924) and “Die Zirkusprinzessin” (1926).
Stage director Thomas Mittmann: ““Die Zirkusprinzessin” is a masterpiece of the Silver Era of the operetta. It became one of Kálmán’s most performed works that was also immensely successful on Broadway. The skilfully-crafted, colourful orchestral score and an engaging story line give you everything one needs for a relaxing evening. The music ranges from a fast polka to a slow waltz, showing a variety of emotions – love, hate, pride, vanity, intrigue, confusion and misunderstanding, but in the end… there is conciliation.”
The plot revolves around a romantic intrigue mixed with circus sequences. The mysterious Mister X, a dashing circus performer, is hired by a disappointed suitor of Princess Fedora Palinska to pose as a nobleman and marry her. Through exiting plot twists, it is revealed that Mister X is in fact a nobleman, the disinherited nephew of a deceased prince and the operetta reaches a happy end!
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