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Countess Maritza

Operetta in three acts
Emmerich Kálmán
Paweł Aigner
Tomasz Tokarczyk
3 hours 5 minutes



3 hours 5 minutes | 1 intermission
Emmerich Kálmán
Julius Brammer, Alfred Grünwald
World premiere
Vienna, Theater an der Wien, 28 February 1924
Polish premiere
Warsaw, 16 January 1924
premiere at the Krakow Opera
24 February 2017
“Countess Maritza”, the second success of the Hungarian composer Emmerich Kálmána after “The Gipsy Princess”, secured him a permanent place among the most outstanding operetta authors of the 20th century. The piece tells about true love, free from any dependencies, such as property, position in the society or the social hierarchy, although these circumstances are discussed here most. Therefore, the piece is pretty enjoyable, as it incorporates the yearnings of a huge part of the humankind. Moreover, Kálmán seduces with effective melodies, coloured with Hungarian folklore and Gypsy tunes. Most arias and duets have detached from the original work and gained individual popularity, like Maritza’s csardas “I hear Gipsy violins”, the duet of Maritza and Zsupan “Let's Go to Varasdin” or the evergreen aria “Play Gipsy”.

Spectacular music, beautiful voices, a funny intrigue, gentle humour, rich costumes with sublime details, and a wonderfully distant world that brings joy and consolation.


poster by
Andrzej Pągowski

producers and cast T_DETAILS_SHOW_MORE

Set Designer: Ryszard Melliwa
Costume Designer: Zofia de Ines
Choreographer: Jarosław Staniek
Lighting Designer: Dariusz Pawelec
Countess Maritza | Monika Korybalska

Prince Populescu | Michał Kutnik

Baron Kolomán Zsupán | Jarosław Bielecki

Count Tassilo of Endrödy-Wittemburg | Janusz Ratajczak 

Lisa | Paula Maciołek 

Princess Božena Guddenstein zu Clumetz | Agnieszka Cząstka-Niezgódka

Manja | Iwona Socha

Karl Stefan Liebenberg | Marcin Kotarba

Tschekko | Rafał Pawłowski 

Penižek | Stanisław Knapik 

Ilka | Kamila Mędrek-Żurek 

Berko | Jarosław Dijuk

Violinist | Paweł Wójtowicz 

The Krakow Opera Orchestra, Choir and  Ballet
conductor: Sławomir Chrzanowski


Category A
Marshal’s Balcony
120 zł
Amphitheatre Rows IV-IX
85 zł
Amphitheatre Rows I-III and X-XII
65 zł
Amphitheatre Side seats and rows XIII - XIV, Right-hand and left-hand side boxes (level 1), Balcony level II rows I and II
40 zł
Balcony level II Rows III and IV
30 zł

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