‘Der Zigeunerbaron’ To Be Presented By The Manhattan School Of Music

By Francisco Salazar

The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater will showcase four performances of Johann Strauss’ “Der Zigeunerbaron.”

The operetta, which is the second most famous work by Strauss, will be conducted by Kynan Johns, directed by Linda Brovsky and sung in German.

The work, which premiered in Vienna in October 1885, features an Ignaz Schnitzer libretto based on “Sáffi,” a novella by Hungarian writer and journalist Mór Jókai. In it, a landowner returns from exile and marries a gypsy girl who is revealed to be the daughter of a Turkish Pasha and the owner of a hidden treasure. Musical mischief ensues.

“We are thrilled to be staging this irresistible comic opera,” said Dona D. Vaughn, MSM Artistic Director of Opera. “Strauss’s dramatic, sweeping melodies and imaginative harmonic writing are magnificent.”

The MSM Opera Theater is known for programming operas that are “the most intriguing of any New York conservatory” (The New York Times), and the conservatory’s opera program is widely hailed as one of the foremost in the world. MSM attracts talented young singers from the United States and more than 40 other countries. The school recently did a production of Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” in English.