by Daniel Hathaway
After the Gilbert & Sullivan Savoy Operas, the most frequently performed titles by Ohio Light Opera in the last four decades have been those of the Viennese composer Emmerich Kálmán. This summer, Arizona Lady marks the 14th Kálmán operetta OLO has produced, and the composer’s daughter Yvonne, who now lives in Mexico, is in town to see it. I caught up with her by telephone for a chat that covered a lot of ground in half an hour.
Daniel Hathaway: Are you enjoying your visit to Wooster?
Yvonne Kálmán: Very much. I love it here. I’ve been here many times. They’ve done 14 of my father’s operettas. I haven’t been to all, but I’ve been to several, and I’ve enjoyed it very much. I’ve made some wonderful friends here and love coming back.
DH: OLO’s a great company, isn’t it?
YK: It’s the best. The works are performed with complete devotion, and they bring out the best of the author’s intentions.
DH: And I think they’ve done more of your father’s operettas than those of any other composer.
YK: Well, I’m very happy about that, but we’re not over yet. They have three more to do, and then I want them to start back at number one. [Read more…]