Geoff Posted August 25, 2016 Share Posted August 25, 2016 There are occasional comments on the Forum about applause styles (for example at Russian galas or the recent Bolshoi season). These discussions came to mind as I watched an unusual dvd copy of the operetta “Czardasfuerstin” from 1963 (by Kalman and also known variously as The Riviera Girl, The Gipsy Princess and Silva). I am unreasonably fond of this work and so did not mind that it was a recording of a live performance from Budapest conducted entirely in Hungarian (which I do not speak), transmitted I assume on Hungarian tv during the Soviet era. This historical record from over 50 years ago has many points of interest in relation to performance style and also the (enthusiastic and very frequent) audience responses. Most entrances of most cast members were applauded, as were many exits, some laugh lines and several not always exceptional bits of business. Just the milking of the encores alone would provide enough material for a theatre studies dissertation. Different countries have different traditions, which can be deeply imbedded and last for many years. In fact I have seen mittel-European operetta productions within the last 5 years which adhered, if only somewhat, to similar conventions. Such conventions would however be as alien to a London audience as, say, the rituals of a pantomime at the Sunderland Empire would be to habitués of standing places at the Vienna opera. In any case, the dvd was an eye-opener: the behaviour was so different to what one is used to now in Britain. Perhaps others have local examples from decades ago by way of comparison? 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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