Countess Maritza or, in other words, the magic of the operetta!
On the last weekend of the carnival (24, 25 and 26 February 2017) the Krakow Opera was gripped by the magic of the operetta. The grace and charm of this genre, the excellence of the artists and the riot of colour from the costumes transferred the audience to the world of wonderful melodies.
The long-awaited première of Countess Maritza has brought great joy and delight to both the spectators and the artists. The audience gave the artists and producers a round of applause.
Tomasz Tokarczyk was in charge of the music, Paweł Aigner directed the performance, Ryszard Melliwa prepared the stage design, Zofia de Ines designed the costumes, and Jarosław Staniek created the choreography.
The performance featured the following artists: Wioletta Chodowicz, Marcelina Beucher (Countess Maritza), Przemysław Rezner, Michał Kutnik (Prince Populescu), Adam Sobierajski, Łukasz Ratajczak (Baron Kolomán Zsupán), Janusz Ratajczak, Tadeusz Szlenkier (Count Tassilo), Monika Korybalska, Paula Maciołek (Lisa), Bożena Zawiślak-Dolny (Princess Guddenstein), Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha, Iwona Socha (Manja), Krzysztof Kozarek, Marcin Kotarba (Karl Stefan Liebenberg), Krzysztof Dekański, Jan Migała (Tschekko), Stanisław Knapik, Franciszek Makuch (Penižek), Kamila Mędrek-Żurek, Joanna Rakoczy (Ilka), Jarosław Dijuk, Marcin Herman (Berko), Paweł Wójtowicz, and Kamil Skicki (Violinist). Tomasz Tokarczyk conducted the Krakow Opera Orchestra, Choir and Ballet.
The next performances will be staged on 12, 13 and 14 May 2017.
Excerpts of reviews:
(...) The performance features Magyar rhythms characteristic for Csárdás and Gypsy melodies (Play Gypsy), the swinging foxtrot (Let’s go to Varasdin), and the immortal cancan. The orchestra conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk did a great job performing the music. The strength of this performance lies in the choir (prepared by Jacek Mentel). Another successful element is the choreography (Jarosław Staniek), especially the stage movement of the choir and soloists, and the group of dancing pigs.
Mateusz Borkowski, “Dziennik Polski”, 27 February 2017
(...) Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha as Manja achieved an authentic portrayal. She performed her parts with spirit and bravery, reaching out for the three-line octave. She found herself perfectly in the operetta style, and did not even for a single moment exhibit the opera mannerisms. Monika Korybalska as Lisa and Adam Sobierajski as Kolomán Zsupán made a well-matched distinctive couple of lovers. (...) Janusz Ratajczak gave a favourable performance as Count Tassilo, especially in terms of vocals. He used the mezza voce very skilfully while singing high tones in both the first aria Greet for Me the Sweet Ladies and the famous Play Gypsy.
Lesław Czapliński, 26 February 2017