The world-famous operetta of Imre Kalman, “Countess Maritsa” is called “Hungarian Rhapsody” due to the numerous chardes and Hungarian motifs. The National Operetta of Ukraine received a license for the production from the composer's right-heirs (daughters - Yvonne Kalman).
“Countess Maritsa” is presented to the viewer in a new interpretation: a redone libretto (by Y. Ivanitskaya based on the play by Y. Brammer and A. Grunwald), a completely new poetic text of musical numbers, separate scenes added, notes of the Kalman keyboard were opened, ballet divertissement was introduced ...
The new stage version of "Countess Maritsa" is unusually dynamic, close to the modern audience. “We should play about our day because there can be no irrelevant phrases in the theater,” director Bogdan Strutinsky said at the first rehearsal. However, despite the fact that the characters are discussing the “hot” problems of inflation, devaluation, optimization and economic reforms, the viewer will discover the refined atmosphere of the noble life, decorated with more than 350 luxurious costumes created for this production. The Hungarian sources of operetta will also be emphasized by scenography, in which the blue color of absolute harmony, which is often found in folk costumes of Hungary, dominates. In space, the principle of Hungarian embroidery and the famous Austrian Art Nouveau is used. In the second act, in the Orpheum scene, the choreographic divertissement is presented as a kind of Hungarian cancan.
The music of “Countess Maritsa” is a series of time-honored hits. At the same time - incredibly difficult to execute. A huge range of solo numbers, detailed mass finals that are not inferior to opera ones. After creating this operetta, Imre Kalman admitted: “The most difficult thing was to write an operetta after“ Countess Maritsa ”!