This operetta sparkles and I would love to see it as a DVD. The numbers often delight…Act I has the waltz song ‘Oh, I only kissed her on the shoulder’…sung nonchalantly by Colonel Ollendorf. Symon’s song in praise of Polish women was a hit and is sung with great pride and enthusiasm, by Mirko Roschkowski. The three ladies—the two sisters and their mother—sing strongly and expressively especially Linda Plech as the mother, Countess Palmatica and Cornelia Zink as Laura. Act II is effervescent throughout with Jan and Bronislava’s love duet ‘By this kiss’ so affecting; especially its climactic entreaty “Love Me! Love Me!” Another love duet between Symon and Laura, this time more playful, ‘Let us pretend…’ also enchants.
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