The world famous productions of this operetta by the son of Johann Strauss with a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genet based on the farce by German playwright Julius Roderich Benedix “Imprisonment” and the vaudeville by French authors Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy “New Year’s Eve” , whose world premiere took place on April 5, 1874 in the legendary Theater An der Wien. As usual, we used the famous Soviet version of the libretto in Russian, made in 1947 by Nikolai Erdman and Mikhail Volpin, famous for the famous TV movie of 1979, shot on Lenfilm with the brothers Yuri and Vitaly Solomin in the main roles, and the Soviet version of the libretto in Russian, which has long been sung to the bone. And, perhaps, because the audience knew all the jokes by heart, the audience rarely responded with laughter. In addition, this text is stylistically closer to scenes from KVN than to the style of a classical Viennese operetta or buff opera, as it happens according to the canons of the European tradition, when outstanding musicians became the conductor, and the best voices of the world. Opera tested on operetta pictures. .
But still, a spicy and cheerful story about the intrigues of a vengeful friend and an unfaithful spouse, staged at Christmas, in any case, is able to create a festive mood, even when the direction does not show character, and most of the soloists, who had to play two performances in one day, we were obviously tired from the evening’s performance.
The most touching was the attention with which Valery Gergiev watched the conversational dialogues of the soloists. Since operetta’s primal blend of small talk with classical academic voices is almost always a difficult test for singers. But such Strauss hits as couplets from Adele (Antonin Vesenin) and Prince Orlovsky (Ekaterina Sergeeva) or Rosalinda’s chardash (Maria Bayankina) are invariably eagerly awaited by the public.
Johann Strauss is by no means an obvious favorite of Valery Gergiev, but the orchestra’s sound captivated not only with humor, but also with a glimpse of Wagnerian range and Rossinian virtuosity in ensembles. But without orchestral support, all the sarcastic depth and witty charm of “The Bat” disappeared without a trace. But, as the characters of this operetta say, if something goes wrong, then “champagne is to blame for everything.”
By the way
Already on December 30, the artists of the Mariinsky Theater, headed by Valery Gergiev, will return to Moscow, so that in the Concert Hall. Tchaikovsky to present Rossini’s opera “Italian in Algeria”, the main star of this performance will be Ildar Abdrazakov in the role of Mustafa. And on January 6, Ildar Abdrazakov will give a solo concert in the Zaryadye hall together with the Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, on January 7, Khibla Gerzmava will perform with the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra in Zaryadye. And on New Year’s Eve, December 30, “Baroque Night” in Zaryadye is also promised – a concert by the German soprano Simone Kermes in a duet with the Pratum Integrum orchestra.