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Ich wollt’, ich wär’ ein Huhn: A Berlin evening

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Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
April 30 20:00, May 05 19:30, May 09 20:00
Programme
Works by Weill, Kurt (1900-1950)
Works by Dessau, Paul (1894-1979)
Works by Kreuder, Peter (1905-1981)
Works by Mackeben, Theo (1897-1953)
Performers
Adam BenzwiConductor
Anne Sofie von OtterMezzo-soprano
Wolfram KochVoice

What happens when you lock a global opera star and a TV detective in a room with Adam Benzwi – musical genius of the reinvigorated jazz operetta – and director-cum-head chef Barrie Kosky? A wild cocktail indeed! The most discerning standards of singing, rounded off with quietly melancholic sounds and never lacking a cherry to place on top of the icing – a real Berlin blend!

The Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter sings at all the world’s major opera houses. Her repertoire includes Baroque works as well as the great Late Romantic and early Modern operas. Narrow-minded genre definitions mean nothing to her, something which has led to spectacular collaborative projects with pop icons such as Elvis Costello and Benny Andersson (ABBA). Following her guest performance with her programme of chansons, Douce France (Grammy Award 2015), the word-class singer is once more taking to the stage of the Komische Oper Berlin – to be directed for the first time by Barrie Kosky and performing together with Wolfram Koch, who has achieved cult status playing a Frankfurt-based police detective in the popular Tatort TV series. Yet his great passion is the stage, which has led him to collaborations with pioneering directors such as Dimiter Gotscheff and Herbert Fritsch. He is a true creature of the stage, a committed comedian and dandy in one. 
»Ich wollt’, ich wär’ ein Huhn«, »I’m standing in the rain …«, »Don’t weep for love« – absurdly surreal and soberly romantic texts set to timeless melodies are the hallmark of Berlin hits from the 1920s and 1930s. Their composers are Kurt Weill, Paul Dessau, Hanns Eisler, Friedrich Hollaender, Peter Kreuder, Theo Mackeben and Michael Jary, whose fates could not have been more different: while some were persecuted due to their heritage or convictions, others collaborated with the fascist regime. Yet all of them have their musical roots in notoriously liberal Berlin. An evening of contrasts and contradictions which, irresolvable and unadorned, laugh in each other’s’ faces.

© Jan Windszus | Mats Backer
© Jan Windszus | Mats Backer
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