Johann Strauss II
July 19, 21*, 23, 28 and August 3*, 5 at 7.30pm
New production by Opera Holland Park
Opera in three acts
Sung in English with English surtitles
Libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée
English translation by Alistair Beaton
With the City of London Sinfonia
Pricing details are subject to change.
Running times: Performance starts at 7:30 with an interval of 20 minutes and a short comfort break of 10 minutes. Performance will end at 10:25pm.
Opera Holland Park only occasionally visits the operetta genre but when one considers the canon, Strauss’s glorious comic tale is one of a few that sit right at the top of the tree.
Eisenstein, his household and his friends all end up at Prince Orlofsky’s ball independently, in disguise and carrying their own deceits and motivations for being there. Others, too, have their reasons and everybody is looking to catch each other out for improprieties in a series of hilarious and touching assignations.
Strauss embellishes the opera with a vivid palette of waltzes, duets and orchestral pizazz that it is hard to match. The operetta genre reached a pinnacle in Die Fledermaus and it is simply a wonderful way to spend an evening in the theatre.
Search on the web: (the opera will be sung in English at OHP but samples may be found with the German title). Overture, ‘Csárdás’, ‘The Laughing Song’ (Mein Herr Marquis), ‘Champagne Polka’, ‘Trinke Liebchen, trinke schnell’. Orlofsky’s aria, ‘I like to invite my guests’ (Ich lade gern mir Gaste ein).
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Cast and Creatives
Joanna Marie Skillett