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Candide
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2 hrs 45 mins

Candide

Leonard Bernstein
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“Candide” is one of the most popular, beside “West Side Story”, of Bernstein’s pieces for Broadway. Based on the outrageous philosophical tale by Voltaire, its musical layer plays on European operetta conventions and is brimming with witty humour and charm, but is also deeply ironic and sarcastic, just like the Enlightenment-era masterpiece which inspired Bernstein’s work. The eponymous character wanders through countries across all continents, embarking on incredible adventures which shake his naive confidence in the morality of the world and the integrity of people.

“It’s a sad story, really, even though grotesque and theatre of the absurd make us laugh and travel through a series of misleading tropes,” says director Michał Znaniecki, “it’s a story about us – we may not be going to Buenos Aires, discovering Eldorado or losing our innocence in Venice’s casinos, but we do believe in love, loyalty and respect...”

Countess Maritza
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3 hrs

Countess Maritza

Emmerich Kálmán
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“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.

Lottery for Husbands or Fiance No. 69
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1 h 40 min.
Orpheus in the Underworld
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Orpheus in the Underworld

Jacques Offenbach
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The Bat
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3 hrs

The Bat

Johann Strauss
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A witty operetta with an upper-crust intrigue-driven plot, set in a 19th c. resort by Vienna. Old Vienna is a true lead of this operetta, one of the best and most popular in the world. Composing the work took Johann Strauss, the famous “king of the waltz,” a mere few weeks, and the world premiere turned out to be a huge success. A brilliant comedy of errors with an intriguing libretto in a perfect translation by Julian Tuwim continues to win admirers to this day.

The translation of “Die Fledermaus” by the poet Julian Tuwim inspired the show’s director and choreographer, Janusz Józefowicz, to create a light-hearted, humorous yet spectacular performance. His rendition of the operetta is redolent with the atmosphere of the epoch: it is rich, meticulous and realistic. The costumes, made of silk, lace and velvet and decorated with ostrich plumes, take the audience a hundred years back. The orchestra plays lightly, in keeping with the atmosphere of the show. This Johann Strauss doesn’t sound his age.

The Gypsy Baron
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2 hrs 30 mins

The Gypsy Baron

Johann Strauss
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Great splendour is a joke Sandor Barinkay, the son of the former Governor returns to his castle. His companion, the Royal Commissioner Carnero reinstates the family land ownership to Sandor. The new heir is welcomed by an old Gypsy Czipra, telling him that he would regain property and love. His neighbour Zsupan Kalman, a pig breeder who is unable to seize Barinkay's land, decides to make his daughter Arsena marry Sandor. The girl, however, is in love with Ottokar, the son of her Governess Mirabella. Zsupan invites all guests to his home. During the meeting, it is evealed that Mirabella is the wife of Commissioner Carnero who was lost during the Turkish war long before, and Ottokar was their son. At that time Arsena receives the new suitor with reservation, promising her hand when he earns the title of baron. Sandor is not discouraged, and, leaving for the capital, he visits a Gypsy camp on his land. There, he listens to a song by a young Gypsy Saffi...