It is said about the Hungarian mentality that they
dance and cry at the same time and celebrate
when they have problems. Of course, this is a
cliché, but hits the nail on the head in the context
of the fin de siècle and the operetta itself. Kálmán
confronts Viennese Classicism with the rather rustic
czárdás. This way, he gave new inspiration to
the genre. Moreover, the Hungarian soul is evoked
by sentimentality and melancholic dreaminess.
Hofstetter, who brings the almost forgotten
operetta to a new, livelier life, acts as the trustee
of these magnificent qualities.