Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater to Host First Ever Operetta Gala in Honour of Hungarian Composer Imre Kálmán
Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater will host an operetta gala to honor renowned Hungarian composer Imre Kálmán for the first time in its history on Sunday, organizers said on Friday.
The gala, opening the season of the theater, will feature famous arias and compositions from the operettas of the great composer performed by the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, under the guidance of the famous Soviet and German conductor Mikhail Yurovsky. Special guests are also performing on the stage of the theater: Hungarian soprano Andrea Rost and tenor Gergely Boncsér together with their Russian counterparts Elena Guseva and Aleksei Nekliudov. Russian-born baritone Anatoly Fokanov and Austrian tenor Andreas Schager will join the Gala as well as Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti and the Hungarian Dance Theater.
One of the leading exponents of the last era of Viennese operetta. Kálmán added variety and colour to the Viennese operetta form by incorporating Hungarian elements to his works. His musical inventions, brimming with joie de vivre, brought him international acclaim. His greatest success came from Csárdáskirálynõ (1915), which was performed by almost every musical theatre in the world, often enjoying runs of thousands of performances.
Mikhail Shvydkoy, the Russian president’s envoy for international cultural cooperation, said that the gala had been initiated by Yvonne Kalman, the composer’s daughter.
Norbert Konkoly, Hungary’s Ambassador to Russia said that prior to the Operetta Gala, Hungary’s Minister of Human Capacities Miklós Kásler and Russia’s Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinskiy will sign a pact on cultural cooperation over the next two years.