Why not Kálmán? Why not now?
Opening night July 7
July 7 to 22 at Stage 773
Conducted by Mark Taylor and Directed by Gerald Frantzen
As part of our Reclaimed Voices Series, we are thrilled to be present Emmerich Kálmán’s The Csárdás Princess. Despite its popularity in Europe and Russia, this stunning work has been largely ignored in this country. Why the neglect? One cannot ignore the politics surrounding the two world wars, as well as the trend away from anything that reminded the public of old-fashioned Viennese romanticism.
What are we thinking? Where are we heading?
As part of our Reclaimed Voices Series we will be taking our first look at the composers of opera that time has forgotten. After the Second World War, opera, like operetta, faced the daunting task of having to not only reinvent itself, but also to reclaim the music silenced by The Third Reich. The consequences of this systemic uprooting and eradication of Jewish composers, accompanied by the Nazi cultural branding of modernist music as “Degenerate (Entartete),” was widely felt both before and after the War. Our concert has been largely inrspired by Michael Haas’s book. Forbidden Music: The Jewish composers banned by the Nazis.
Why not opera? Why not us? Why not Korngold?
In our ten years of translating and producing Viennese and German operettas, it was impossible to overlook the fact that literally all of these shows were created by Jewish composers or librettists. We also learned that nearly all of these artists were forced into exile, persecuted, or murdered during the years of the Third Reich.
Our Children’s Operetta Workshop
A story about two young orphan boys and their search for love, redemption, and a place to call home.
We are thrilled to be bringing back Franz Lehár’s Peter and Paul in the Land of Nod, as part of our Reclaimed Voices Series. Boasting nine ballet numbers á la The Nutcracker, this magical show was the first operetta Lehár wrote following his success with The Merry Widow. The librettists were Fritz Grünbaum and Robert Bodanzky. Grünbaum, a popular actor and cabaret performer and satirist, would meet a terrible fate at the hands of the Nazis in the Second World War. We featured his story in our Operetta in Exile concert.