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Der ZigeunerbaronNew production

Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
Dates/times in Berlin time zone
Sunday 04 July 202119:00
Festival: Komische Oper Festival

Seventy years after Walter Felsenstein's production of The Gypsy Baron, (the single production of this work in the history of the Komische Oper Berlin), director Tobias Kratzer, celebrated for his production of Tannhauser in Bayreuth, stages one of Strauss’s most famous operettas as a parable of the conflicts of today’s multicultural society. With Stefan Soltesz at the podium, he’ll be supported by an expert in the domain of Viennese operetta.

A penniless young emigrant who returns to his homeland only to find his ancestral property gone to ruin; a wealthy pig farmer who has meanwhile taken possession of the property; a royal commissar who acts as a defender of conservative public morals; and an underprivileged ethnic group, collectively referred to as “the gypsies": this is the explosive mix that Ignaz Schnitzer brings together in his libretto to The Gypsy Baron. And not merely by chance: written as a reflection on the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, the operetta addresses in a playful manner the self-understanding and self-discovery process of the Habsburg multinational state. For director Tobias Kratzer, it is a rich template with which to examine—by means of situational comedy and absurdist humor— similar contemporary conflicts.

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