As the summer begins to die and the cooler evenings of autumn are relentlessly approaching, there is one major consolation; theatres across Europe rise out of their long summer hibernation like dazzling phoenix from the ashes.
“The Gypsy Princess” by highly renowned Hungarian composer Emmerich Kálmán was immensely successful when it premièred in Vienna in 1915 and went on to tour the world. It tells the story of the love of Duke Edwin for Sylvia, who is a cabaret singer in Budapest and viewed as too lower class to be married to Edwin. Directed by Miklós Gábor Kerényi, the musical is still hugely popular today with its lively, humorous plot and the skilful blending by Kálmán of Hungarian dance with Viennese waltz. Operetta is known for its entertaining, often comic plots, which fall somewhere between the genres of opera and English-language musicals, enhancing their universal appeal.
This together with the score of Kálmán has contributed to the long-standing international success of “The Gypsy Princess”.
Gone with the Wind
“Gone with the Wind” is an epic story, set in the deep south of America in 1861 around the time of the Civil War with Scarlett O’Hara at the epicentre of the intense drama. With music by Gerard Presgurvic and direction by Szilárd Somogyi, it is an emotional and complex journey for the cast and the audience. Based on the award-winning novel of Margaret Mitchell, Scarlett is the heroine who fights to keep her once-wealthy family’s plantation throughout violent strife, destruction, love and death.
The musical is captivating and is more faithful to the original story than the film version. Taking such a strong plot and transforming it into popular entertainment is what fills the house, which is, after all, the aim of any theatre from the smallest studio to the grandest opera house. “Gone with the Wind” is a sure-fire way to guarantee a sell-out as evenings grow darker.
Romeo and Juliet
“Romeo and Juliet” is one of the most famous, tragic love stories of all time that has been reworked from the pages of a Shakespearean play into operas, ballet and musicals. The modern-day version “West Side Story” also still enjoys considerable worldwide success. It would be difficult to fail with such a sad yet beautiful story of the young lovers driven to death by their warring families. In the Operetta Theatre, composer Gerard Presgurvic presents his work as the traditional “Romeo and Juliet”, directed by Miklós Gábor Kerényi and jazzed up into a passionate and energetic musical.
Autumn season from September 12
Budapesti Operett Színhaz
District VI, Nagymező utca 17
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