Anatevka (Fiddler on the Roof)New Production

Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
2017 December 03 18:00, December 05 19:30, December 06 19:30, December 09 19:30, December 16 19:30, December 21 19:30, December 22 19:30, December 27 19:30, December 29 19:30, December 31 14:00, 19:30, 2018 January 07 18:00, January 13 19:30, February 20 19:30, February 21 11:00, March 03 19:30, March 11 19:00, March 16 19:30, April 01 19:00, April 29 19:00
Performers
Komische Oper Berlin
Koen SchootsConductor
Barrie KoskyDirector
Rufus DidwiszusSet Designer
Max HoppBaritoneTevye
Dagmar ManzelSopranoGolde
Talya LiebermanSopranoTzeitel
Alma SadéSopranoHodel
Maria FiselierMezzo-sopranoChava
Johannes DunzTenorMotel Kamzoil
Jens LarsenBassLazar Wolf
Barbara SpitzVoiceYente
Jan-Frank SüßeBass-baritoneMordcha
Peter RenzTenorRabbi
Denis MiloBassMendel
Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin

The celebrated Israeli actor Yehuda Almagor as milkman Tevje and Dagmar Manzel as his resolute wife Golde in the piece which – thanks to Walter Felsenstein’s production with over 500 performances – entered the annals of the opera house in the Behrenstraße. Following the triumph of his West Side Story, Barrie Kosky is bringing one of the world’s most successful musicals back to the stage of the Komische Oper Berlin for the first time since 1988.

»Do you have children? – Five!« Out of love of Jewish tradition, in keeping with Jewish tradition: the poor milkman Tevje in the East European shtetl of Anatevka wants to use the help of the marriage broker Jente to find the best-situated husbands for his three eldest daughters, Zeitel, Hodel and Chava. Yet the girls have their own ideas when it comes to happiness ... out of his love for them, Tevje lets them have their way – and accepts all their nonsense with wit and humanity. Well, almost all of it. Only when faced with anti-Jewish pogroms and in the moment of their tragic flight to America are the father and his outcast daughter Chava reunited in each other’s arms.
The book for Anatevka, titled Fiddler on the Roof in the original English version, was written by Joseph Stein using motifs from the famous Yiddish tales by Sholem Aleichem, which were penned between 1894 and 1916 under the title Tewje, the Milkman. With over 3,000 performances on Broadway alone, Jerry Brock created one of the genre’s most successful yet also tragic masterpieces. Anatevka tells the story of the humour and suffering of heart-rending characters caught between catastrophe and the joy of survival, in what is probably the twentieth century’s most life-affirming tragi-comedy about the complications of love, life and marriage.

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