Alexander Hüttner und Sophie Mefan
Alexander Hüttner und Sophie Mefan
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Sophie Mefan und Ballett
Sophie Mefan und Ballett
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Ks. Franz Supper, Sophie Mefan und Marco Dott
Ks. Franz Supper, Sophie Mefan und Marco Dott
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Ks. Franz Supper, Sophie Mefan und Marco Dott
Ks. Franz Supper, Sophie Mefan und Marco Dott
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Andreas Wolfram, Laura Incko und Ensemble
Andreas Wolfram, Laura Incko und Ensemble
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Andreas Wolfram, Laura Incko und Ensemble
Andreas Wolfram, Laura Incko und Ensemble
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Andreas Wolfram, Laura Incko und Ensemble
Andreas Wolfram, Laura Incko und Ensemble
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Hazel McBain, Alexander Hüttner und Ensemble
Hazel McBain, Alexander Hüttner und Ensemble
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Hazel McBain, Alexander Hüttner und Ensemble
Hazel McBain, Alexander Hüttner und Ensemble
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Luke Sinclair und Laura Incko
Luke Sinclair und Laura Incko
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Luke Sinclair und Laura Incko
Luke Sinclair und Laura Incko
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Andreas Wolfram und Sophie Mefan
Andreas Wolfram und Sophie Mefan
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Hazel McBain und Ensemble
Hazel McBain und Ensemble
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Hazel McBain und Ensemble
Hazel McBain und Ensemble
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Laura Incko und Ks. Franz Supper
Laura Incko und Ks. Franz Supper
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Sophie Mefan und Alexander Hüttner
Sophie Mefan und Alexander Hüttner
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Sophie Mefan und Andreas Wolfram
Sophie Mefan und Andreas Wolfram
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Sophie Mefan und Andreas Wolfram
Sophie Mefan und Andreas Wolfram
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Ensemble
Ensemble
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Ensemble
Ensemble
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Opernchor
Opernchor
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Andreas Wolfram und Ensemble
Andreas Wolfram und Ensemble
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Laura Incko und Hazel McBain
Laura Incko und Hazel McBain
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The Flower of Hawaii

Paul Abraham

Libretto by Alfred Grünwald, Fritz Löhner-Beda and Imre Földes / In German

Premiere 09/19/2020 / Salzburg State Theatre

Synopsis

Exotic cocktails, a tropical island paradise and lots of sunshine: This is how Hawaii is presented in Paul Abraham’s jazz operetta “The Flower of Hawaii”. Under the idyllic surface, however, conflicts are brewing. The island state is occupied by the Americans and the Hawaiians demand their independence. The Hawaiian princess Laya is to be married to Prince Lilo-Taro and to be crowned queen in a festive ceremony – but Laya has disappeared. This is when Suzanne, a Hollywood star of Hawaiian ancestry, appears on the scene. She is the spitting image of Laya and suddenly finds herself at the centre of many misunderstandings, with the natives expecting her to go down in history as the flower queen of Hawaii. As if all that weren’t enough, amorous entanglements are also causing trouble in Hawaii.

“The Flower of Hawaii” premiered in 1931 and was an instant hit, as it perfectly reflected the zeitgeist of the 1930s. Paul Abraham, the “operetta king of Berlin”, enchanted audiences with his music, which relied on authentic Hawaiian guitars, Chinese drums and jazzy tunes. He assembled a highly entertaining tableau of characters, including Americans, Hawaiians, jazz singers and a captain, and added some energetic tap dancing. The previously lost original version clearly reveals the influence of early jazz music in popular operetta songs such as “My little Boy, ich bleib dir treu” and “Paradies am Meeresstrand”.

Paul Abraham (1892–1960), a Hungarian-German composer of Jewish ancestry, became the “operetta king of Berlin” in the early 1930s. When his works were proscribed by the Nazis, he fled to New York via Budapest, Paris and Cuba. After the Second World War, he returned to Europe in 1957.

Director Marco Dott is a master of musical theatre entertainment. Gabriel Venzago will be in charge of the musical’s spellbinding sound as principal conductor. They collaborate with choreographers Josef Vesely and Kate Watson and stage designer Christian Floeren, completing the successful crew that has also realised the State Theatre’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show”.

Duration 2h / no break

Selected performance

Su 12/20/2020 03.00 pm

Salzburger Landestheater

Cast (on 12/20/2020)

Musical Director Gabriel Venzago

Director Marco Dott

State Design Christian Floeren

Costume Design Bettina Richter

Choreography Josef Vesely
Kate Watson

Nachdirigat Ines Kaun

Dramaturgy Friederike Bernau


Prinz Taro Ks. Franz Supper

Kaluna Samuel Pantcheff
George Humphreys

Lloyd Harrison, Gouverneur von Hawaii Marco Dott

John Buffy, sein Assistent Alexander Hüttner

Bessie Worthington, Nichte des Gouverneurs Sophie Mefan

Kapitän Reginald Harald Stone, Marineoffizier Luke Sinclair

Raka, eine junge Hawaiinerin Hazel McBain

Suzanne Provence, Hollywoodstar Laura Incko

Will Roy, Hollywoodstar und Sänger Andreas Wolfram

Moderator Marco Dott

Chor Chor des Salzburger Landestheaters

Ballet Valbona Bushkola
Chigusa Fujiyoshi
Moeka Katsuki
Karine de Matos
Lucas Leonardo
Niccolò Masini
Cassiano Rodrigues
Diego da Cunha

Orchester Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Audio introduction

von Friederike Bernau