Yes, that Countess Mariza! Still without a husband, she’s tired of constantly having to justify herself. Without further ado, the fun-loving aristocrat stages an engagement party, but only for appearances, to keep annoying suitors away. On her estate, the impoverished Count Tassilo looks after things incognito. Yes, and as life goes, the two fall in love with each other… Emmerich Kálmán set these trials and tribulations to an operetta classic, and in 1924 it had its acclaimed premiere.
The Linz version of Countess Mariza is also acclaimed. Director Thomas Enzinger knows how to present dusty material from the Imperial and Royal period in order to inspire the audience. His production at the Linzer Landestheater is the best entertainment, musically harmoniously implemented by the Bruckner Orchestra and presented by singers with excellent vocal disposition and very active acting.
Enzinger’s work at the Linz Music Theater is an extremely successful mix of revue, Cirque du Soleil and a tongue-in-cheek approach to genres. Audiences have responded enthusiastically since the premiere on October 22nd. The dance implementation is also great.
The young Danish soprano Carina Tybjerg Madsen is playing the title role of “Countess Mariza”, making her debut as a member of the State Theater’s permanent opera ensemble and captivating the audience with her singing quality and passion for acting. She says: “I’m very happy that the production has been so well received by audiences. To me, operetta is a kind of fairyland, something that comforts and entertains people during hard times in the real world.” This “Countess Mariza” succeeds brilliantly.
The stars at the Christkindgala
Every year, the big OÖN Christkindl Gala invites you to the Linzer Schauspielhaus, where numerous cultural workers and celebrities serve a good cause. At the largest fundraising campaign in Upper Austria on December 9th, all participants waive their fee and thus set a sign of solidarity. The net proceeds of the benefit gala benefit people in need across the country.
This year the gala is supporting the Landestheater musical actress Daniela Dett, who has no easy fate as “Frau Nikolaus” (more below). The crystal-clear voices of the St. Florian Boys’ Choir, conducted by Markus Stumpner, never cease to amaze. The zither virtuoso Wilfried Scharf will be accompanied on stage by his ensemble from the Academy for Zither and Related Stringed Instruments.
The quintet Alpkan, who released their debut album “Hoas is!”, is dedicated to music from somewhere between the Alps and the Balkans. The young talents of the Musical Theater Academy Puchenau, directed by Susanne Kerbl, show their skills. Burgtheater mimin Marie-Luise Stockinger will be there, as will the Linz Kolping Choir, the Innviertler Reblaus Quartet and the Landestheater-Tanzcompany Tanz Linz, which invites you to the premiere of “Sleeping Beauty” on December 23rd.
Mrs. Dett and Santa Claus
Two questions for Daniela Dett, musical actress at the Landestheater Linz
You can be heard singing a song as “Frau Nikolaus”. What is it about?
From a frustrated wife. She fell in love with her Santa immediately. And then came the harsh reality that he only hung out with his best friend, Knecht Ruprecht, never had time, was only there for all his elves. With that, the frustration has come, and she leaves him. The song comes from the musical “Songs for a New World”, which we performed at the Landestheater two years ago. It’s called “Surabaya Santa” and was inspired by Kurt Weill who wrote the song “Surabaya Johnny”.
Do you have any childhood memories of Santa Claus?
I’ve always loved it madly when Santa Claus came, and I wasn’t afraid of his somewhat gloomy companions either. My older school friends were already the little Krampuses, my dad always invited them over, and then they got tea at our kitchen table. I was fascinated by them and admired them.
Everything about the OÖN Christkindl campaign
- “Countess Mariza”: 1 December, 7.30 p.m., Musiktheater Linz
- OÖN Christkindl Gala: December 9, 7.30 p.m., Schauspielhaus Linz
Tickets and all information about the OÖN Christkindl campaign, how you can donate and who your donation will benefit can be found at nachrichten.at/christkindl