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The Violet of Montmartre

23 August 2018, Thursday, 19:00

Operetta in three acts by Imre Kalman

Libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grunwald
Directed by National artist of Hungarian Republic Miklos Szinetar
Hungarian edition by — Andor Szenes, Istvan Szenes, Miklos Szinetar
Russian text — Sergey Volskiy
Lyrics — Maria Efremova
Musical leader and conductor — honoured artist of Russia Andrey Alekseev
Set and costume design by — Irina Dolgova
Light designer — Vladimir Lukasevich
Ballet master — Jeno Loscei (Hungary)
Chorus master — Alexey Nefedov

Opening night of the performance took place on 4th of May 2012

The three friends live in the mansard in Montmartre: Raoul, a painter, Henry, a poet, Florimond, a musician and the girl of Raul - model Ninon, who dreams of becoming an actress. Young people are poor, they could not get success - nobody want to buy paintings of Raoul, to publish poetry of Henri, and all music theaters reject music of Florimond. But friends do not lose heart, trying to drown hunger out by the songs and jokes.

Recently, there is a young street singer Violetta, nicknamed "The Violet of Montmartre" in their company. She is sincerely string along with new friends, and helps them to succeed...

They said, that "The Violet of Montmartre" was the most mysterious and most delightful work of Kalman. At the time of writing this operetta the fifty years-old composer was in love with his young wife, and all his music was suffused with a genuine sincerity and anticipation of happiness.

The premiere of the operetta took place on 21th of March, 1930 at Vienna Theater of Johann Strauss. Our theater have already turned to the production of "The Violet of Montmartre" five times: in 1933, 1944, 1953, 1958 and 1976. At this time, the performance is staged by Hungarian stage director Miklos Sinetar.

Characters and Performers:
Raoul Delacroix, a painter

Oleg Korz

Florimond Herve, a musician

Ivan Korytov

laureate of "Golden Mask" award

Henri Murger, a poet and writer

Igor Shumaev

Violetta, a street singer

Anna Bulgak

laureate of International competitions

Ninon, girl of Raoul

Natalia Savchenko

laureate of International competition

Franсois Pisquatschec, a town bailiff

Alexander Bayron

honoured artist of Russia,

laureate of "Golden sofit" award

General Pipo de Frascatti, the Minister of War

Valery Matveev

national artist of Russia

Jacob Rothschild, a banker

Oleg Fleer

honoured actor of Ukraine

Manager of the theater

Anton Oleynikov

honoured actor of Russia,

laureate of "Golden sofit" award

Gaston, his assistant

Eugeny Tilicheev

honoured actor of Russia

Durant, the stepfather of Violetta

Viktor Chubarov

The performance is recommended for viewers aged 12 and above