Emmerich Kálmán (1882-1953) was a contemporary of Bartók and Kodály at the Budapest Academy of Music. He first coupled a career as a music critic with more conventionally serious composition, before, in 1908, turning his attention to the operetta. Kálmán settled in Vienna and in 1939 political events compelled him to move to Paris and later to the United States of America. Gräfin Mariza (Countess Mariza) is one of Kálmán's most popular compositions. It's an operetta in three acts composed in 1924, with a libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald. It was premiered in Vienna on 28 February 1924 at the Theater an der Wien. Gräfin Mariza, exemplifies Kálmán's ability to successfully incorporate Hungarian motifs into the traditional Viennese light opera. The duet Komm mit nach Varasdin! is sung by Gräfin Mariza and Baron Zsupán, the landowner of Varaždin.