|Countess Maritza and Jewish Operetta in Israel?|
10 April 2013
Well, what do you know? Now the Israeli Opera company is jumping onto the operetta band wagon too. Its general director Hanna Munitz presented the 2013/14 season to the press this week at the Israel Opera House, aka the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center or TAPAC. Amid the Traviatas, Bohemes and Tales of Hoffman you find: a Countess Maritza! So, Kálmán's 1924 operetta hit was chosen to convince Israeli audiences of the joys of the genre. A genre that was, until 1933, dominated by Jewish composers, writers, theater directors and performers – Emmerich Kálmán being one of them, forced into exile in 1938 when the Germans occupied Austria where Kálmán had been living since 1909.