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Operetta

THE GYPSY BARON

THE GYPSY BARON

One of the most renowned operettas in the history, “The Gypsy Baron” was also considered his biggest masterpiece by Johannes Strauss II himself. It was intended as an opera, as unusual dramatism and deeply lyrical text of its base, Mór Jókai’s “Sáffi” novella, seemed to require that kind of study. This is why such long and elaborate work was devoted to every character, aria, and scene. In the letter to the librettist, the composer confided: “Before leaving for a long, lone walk in the forest, I have been learning by heart a few of your verses, and there I wrote down the melody on the stiff cuffs of my shirt.” The world premiere’s reception was a landslide victory. What attracted attention was the fact that it was the very first Vienna operetta with Hungarians and Gypsies as main characters. The world of “The Gypsy Baron” shimmers with Romani and Hungarian milieu, and in the synopsis realistic plots intertwine with fairytale-like pictures of the Gypsy camp. Everything, of course, to the tacts of a fiery csárdás and a waltz that sweeps over you.

PRODUCTION

The action takes place a day before the war. Its dangerous vibe is there in the air. Despite the light and humourous libretto, one can sense a chilling atmosphere, bound up with the rise of social divisions between the citizens and immigrants. Both worlds are going to be visibly juxtaposed in the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic’s production. The first will be grotesquely realistic, while the second will be magical and mystic, as inspired by the pictures of Kusturica or Petrović.


World premiere: 24 X 1885
Premiere: 13 IX 2019

IX–X 2019
2 hrs 50 min (including one 25 min break)
Polish
55–120 PLN
Main Stage
Odeska 1
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Authors

Music: Johann Strauss II
Libretto: Ignaz Schnitzer based on the novella “Sáffi” by Mór Jókai

Creators

Music Director: Bassem Akiki
Director: Maria Sartova
Set Designer, Animations: Damian Styrna
Multimedia: Eliasz Styrna
Choreography: Jarosław Staniek, Katarzyna Zielonka
Costume Designer: Anna Chadaj
Choir Director: Violetta Bielecka
Children’s Choir Conductor: Ewa Barbara Rafałko
Assistant Music Director: Rafał Kłoczko

Cast

Czipra
Anna Lubańska / Monika Ziółkowska
Saffi
Anna Wiśniewska-Schoppa / Adriana Ferfecka
Barinkay
Rafał Bartmiński / Sławomir Naborczyk
Carnero
Patryk Rymanowski / Sylwester Kostecki
Ottokar
Łukasz Ratajczak / Bartłomiej Łochnicki
Arsena
Maria Domżał / Anna Wolfinger
Żupan
Remigiusz Łukomski / Grzegorz Szostak
Homonay
Arkadiusz Anyszka / Maciej Nerkowski
Mirabella
Joanna Krasuska-Motulewicz / Monika Ziółkowska
Janosz
Maciej Nerkowski / Krzysztof Stankiewicz
Pali
Bartłomiej Łochnicki / Artur Mądry

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Children’s Choir

Dates

Fri 13 Sep 2019
Main Stage
Sat 14 Sep 2019
Main Stage
Sun 15 Sep 2019
Main Stage
Sat 21 Sep 2019
Main Stage
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Sun 22 Sep 2019
Main Stage
Sat 28 Sep 2019
Main Stage
Sun 29 Sep 2019
Main Stage
Sat 12 Oct 2019
Main Stage
Sun 13 Oct 2019
Main Stage
Sat 19 Oct 2019
Main Stage
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