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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 1 2012

Fans of the "silver age" of Viennese operetta will savor this frothy, nostalgic 1926 tale of romantic intrigue, set in Imperial Russia. The libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald concerns a nobleman (Gerald Frantzen) disguised as a circus performer, who then disguises himself as a nobleman to woo a princess (Carla Janzen)--well, you get the picture. Emmerich Kálmán’s lush and lively score is packed with waltzes, polkas, and even a can-can. Bill Walters's staging for Chicago Folks Operetta delivers fine vocals and first-rate orchestral playing under the skilled baton of Anthony Barrese, artistic director of Albuquerque's Opera Southwest. Art nouveau projections add to the period flavor, and charming dancing girls and bumptious jugglers evoke the circus milieu. —Albert Williams

Price: $30-$40

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