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2006 | 23 | 117-140

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JAN MORY AND THE FIRST PERFORMANCES OF HIS OPERETTAS IN BRATISLAVA IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY (Jan Mory a bratislavske inscenacie jeho operiet v prvej polovici 20. storocia)

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The composer and hotel owner Jan Mory (1892-1978) entered the scene of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava in 1932 as the well-known author of vocal, chamber, orchestral and musical-theatre works. They were successfully played at some concerts and the theatre stages in the twenties and the thirties of the 20th century, especially in Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia. At that time the Slovak National Theatre was going through complicated development in the sphere of financing, organization, professional and national problems. In the effort to achieve values of European music, operetta genre was underestimated and professional sphere took it into consideration only for its popularity in audience and financial addition. The operetta 'Zimny romanik' (The Winter Story) by Jan Mory was the first one performed in Slovak National Theatre from the native author (1932). After this his historical 'song-play' La Valliere (1935), operetta 'Slecna vdova' (Miss Widow) (1940) and revised operetta by F. Zell and F. Genee 'Namorny kadet' (The Naval Cadet) (1943) were followed. The success of his works was also achieved by excellent protagonists in the main roles. Jan Mory successfully established himself at the most prestigious Slovak professional scene as a major of Slovak operetta in the strong home and foreign rivalry.


  • Marianna Bardiova, SVK-Literarne a hudobne muzeum, Lazovna 9, 975 90 Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic; http://www.uhv.sav.sk


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