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Composer: Kálmán, Emmerich (1882-1953)

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Year of birth1882
Year of death1953
NationalityHungary
Period20th century
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Kálmán’s The Duchess of Chicago beguiles Budapest

The Duchess of Chicago © Eszter Gordon
This exhilarating remake of Kálmán's 1928 operetta gem is worth booking a trip to Budapest to catch it.
*****
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Budapest Die Csárdásfürstin sparkles and bubbles in Munich

Die Csárdásfürstin © Budapest Operetta Theatre
Budapest Operetta Theatre's hundreth-anniversary touring production of Kalman's operetta is irresistably fun. The silly plot and catchy tunes, delivered by an excellent cast and orchestra, are sure to provoke smiles and earworms.
****1
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Gräfin Mariza with more than just a twist at the Volksoper

Carsten Süss (Graf Tassilo) and Astrid Kessler (Gräfin Mariza) © Barbara Pálffy/Volksoper
Emmerich Kálmán’s Gräfin Mariza is celebrating her 90th birthday this year, but just like my slightly younger great-aunts, who introduced me to this operetta at the tender age of five, she is far from ready for a care home. Thomas Enzinger and set/costume designer Toto have come up with another imaginative response to the question of why and how the bygone genre of operetta should be produced today.
****1
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Glittering Die Csárdásfürstin at Berlin's Waldbühne recalls the Vienna of yore

Die Csárdásfürstin  © Véra Eder
On August 17th, the Budapest Operetta Theater presented Emmerich Kalman’s beloved classic Die Csárdásfürstin at Berlin’s Waldbühne amphitheater.
****1
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Die Csárdásfürstin in a long-standing but still valid production at the Volksoper

Die Csárdásfürstin is set at the beginning of World War I, a time of uncertainty and fear, but also one where the ruling classes of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy were partying like there was no tomorrow.
****1
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