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The Czardas Queen – Operetta
March 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Imre Kálmán’s operetta Csárdáskirálynő is well-known and is considered the most popular and most played operetta of all time.
According to operetta statisticians, there is not a single minute when one of the popular melodies of Imre Kálmán would not be played at any place on the Earth – in theater, concert, movie, TV or radio … most of the hits of Queen Csárdás. In the English language, the Operetta was renamed as Csárdás Princess, The Riviera Girl, or The Gipsy Princess.
In Vienna, at its premiere site in 1915, it was played for 533 nights and then swept across Europe: it was immediately shown in Sweden, Finland, Poland, Russia, Italy, and Budapest in November 1916, and finally reached the New Year one year later on Broadway in York.
A rare exception is that it would be a great play even without music, as a very exciting family drama unfolds in front of the audience during the events. Of course, in the end, as required by the laws of operettas, everything goes well.
They say the operetta is traditionally a Hungarian genre and rightly so. Operettas are never performed anywhere in the world with the thrill, temperament, playfulness, humor, and lyricism that the Hungarian language allows. This makes it difficult to stage. A lot of expectations have to be met by the theater that chooses to present an operetta. This is especially true in the case of Queen Csárdás.