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Bill White
Fanfare, July 2012

Emmerich Kálmán was a composer, along with Franz Lehár, instrumental in propagating the so-called “Silver Age of Operetta” in Vienna, Berlin, and indeed, most of Central and Northern Europe during the early years of the 20th century.

This German-language video production from Arthaus Music was made for German television in 1969 and contains a bit of spectacular circus as well, an effect the original creators were certainly counting on to sell tickets.

The singing is quite good, as one would expect from a studio product. Ingeborg Hallstein is enchanting as the Princess Fedora. She looks ravishing and brings just the right amount of sophistication and naïveté to the role to make it ideal; she also sings wonderfully. The two leads were major stars in Germany and they really don’t disappoint. The rest of the cast sounds good also, and the second romantic couple of Isy Orén and Peter Karner are particularly enjoyable.

You will not find this operetta complete anywhere else on CD or video…For any devoted operetta fan this release is essential. For the rest of you, it has much truly enjoyable music and makes for a very entertaining 90 minutes of viewing. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review

Christie Grimstad, March 2012

This second wave [or the "silver era" of operatta"], dominated by the Hungarian tripartite of Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán and Paul Ábrahám, kept wind in the sails by dazzling audiences with sparkling music, lively dancing and comedic acting.

Under the direction of Manfred R. Köhler, the operetta film is chock full of punchy numbers, zany antics, mushy romanticism and bubbly music…in context of film novelties of 1969 Die Zirkusprinzessin incorporates a plentitude of artistic achievements that deserve merit.

…Helga Pinnow’s costuming is richly detailed, and her extravagance is highly visible in the ballroom scenes where she dresses Russian aristocrats with imperial flair. Horst Hennicke has a marvelous scrutiny for set detail and the choreography by Heinz Schmeidel is clever and never static.

Die Zirkusprinzessin is an enjoyable journey back to the heyday of Viennese operetta. © 2012 Read complete review

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