New Year's Eve with Ball im Savoy

Paul Abraham

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Conductor: Jan Kučera
Director: Martin Čičvák
State Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Come and celebrate the last day of the year 2022 with the operetta revue Ball im Savoy! Welcome drink included in the ticket price!

Programme
5 p.m. welcome drink
6 p.m. performance

In Czech language with English subtitles. The performance ends at 9.15 p.m.

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Music: Paul Abraham (1892–1960)
Libretto: Alfred Grünwald (1884–1951) & Fritz Löhner-Beda (1883–1942)
Czech translation of the vocal texts and Czech dialogues: Vlasta Reittererová

After eighty-nine years, the revue operetta Ball im Savoy – the most famous work by the Hungarian composer Paul Abraham, the king of jazz operetta in the 1930s, has returned to the State Opera as part of the Musica non grata project! The music of Ball im Savoy, depicting a crazy story abounding in witty conspiracies, mistaken identities and amorous sparkle, blends jazz, czardas, tango, Viennese waltz, klezmer, as well as dance creations à la Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The performance is conducted by Jan Kučera and directed by Alfréd Radok Award winner Martin Čičvák. The choreography has been done by the tandem Laco Cmorej and Silvia Beláková and the costumes in the haute-couture style were designed for this production by the Greek-French designer Georges Vafias. In the leading roles can you see many well-known stars of the National Theater.

Press Echoes

  • bachtrack.com: [...] Which director Martin Čičvák delivers to the point of exhaustion, showcasing nonstop, high-energy period choreography [...] That’s in keeping with the overall pace set by Čičvák, which owes a lot to Hollywood musicals and screwball comedies of the ’30s and ’40s. It’s also a perfect match for the snappy patter and witty asides [...] read a review
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung: „Neben dem Opernballett glänzen die Gesangssolisten Doubravka Součková, Jiří Hájek, Barbora Řeřichová, Daniel Matoušek, Linda Caridad Fernandez Saez und Vladimir Kratina in den Hauptrollen.“ read a review
  • webtheatre.fr: La production pragoise de l’opérette (traduite en tchèque pour l’occasion) est éblouissante : d’abord par le talent hors-pair de ses interprètes [...] read a review
  • ioco.de: Das entspricht dem Gesamt-Tempo von Cicvak, das viel von Hollywood-Musicals und Screwball-Komedien der 30er und 40er Jahre verdankt. Es passt auch perfekt zu dem bissigen Geschwätz und den witzigen Nebenbemerkungen [...] read a review

Conductor: Jan Kučera 
Director: Martin Čičvák
Set Design: Hans Hoffer  
Costumes: Georges Vafias 
Light Design: Jan Dörner  
Choreography: Laco Cmorej, Silvia Beláková 
Chorusmaster: Adolf Melichar
Dramaturgy: Jitka Slavíková

Madeleine de Faublas: Doubravka Součková
Marquis Aristide de Faublas, her husband: Csaba Kotlár
Daisy Parker alias José Pasodoble, jazz composer: Barbora Řeřichová 
Mustapha Bey, Turkish ambassador: Daniel Matoušek
Tangolita, Argentine dancer: Linda Fernandez Saez
Archibald, Aristide's servant: Richard Haan
Célestin Formant, lawyer: Jakub Svojanovský
René: Marek Frňka
Owner of a tailor's shop: Marek Frňka
Waiter: Štěpán Piller
Bebé: Elena Trčková 

Women's company
Adéla Abdul Khaleg, Zuzana Hladká, Tereza Holubová, Anna Kafková, Eliška Kenclová, Klára Kočárková, Anna Metlická, Karolína Pampelová, Barbora Šampalíková, Markéta Šandová, Kristýna Štarhová, Klára Šútovská, Alžběta Trembecká 

Men's company
Jan Adam, Martin Dinuš, Marek Frňka, Petr Jeřábek, Jevgenij Lisovik, David Mikula, Štěpán Piller, Jakub Ressler, Daniel Rybicki, Michal Soukup, Petr Špinar, Zbyněk Šporc 

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