Staatsoperette to Present Joseph Beer’s ‘Polnische Hochzeit’

By David Salazar

The Staatsoperette in Dresden is set to present the first German production of Joseph Beer’s “Polnische Hochzeit.”

John Pel conducts a cast starring Markus Liske, Bryan Rothfuss, Sieglinde Feldhofer, Steffi Lehmann, Elmar Andree, Gerd Wiemer, Daniel Pataky, Matthias Koziorowski, and Herbert G. Adami, among others. Julia Huebner directs.

Per the official website, here is a summary of the opera’s plot: “Freedom fighter Boleslav returns to Russian-occupied Poland to take over his father’s estate and see his childhood sweetheart, Jadja. But she is set to become the sixth wife of his marriage-obsessed uncle Count Statschek, who refuses to give up the inheritance he is managing, nor his bride. Statschek had not, however, factored Suza, ‘the wildcat’, into the equation! The plan hatched by the crafty but big-hearted estate manageress sends everything into a tumultuous comedy of errors and mistaken identities. Will there be a happy ending for the lovers?”

The production of “Polnische Hochzeit” opens on April 22, nearly 86 years after the work’s world premiere at the Zurich Opera House on April 3, 1937. The operetta runs through July 12, 2023 for a total of 12 performances.