Even though it’s cold outside, the Opera is still providing cheerful winter goodies to consume. This dessert consists of three courses. Mozart’s one-act theatre parody, Der Schauspieldirektor, shows how the life of a theatre director is certainly not an easy one when several singers are vying for the prima donna spot. The second piece, about the wives of King Henry VIII, a monarch who was liberal in dispensing both kisses and death, is a production that employs text by Shakespeare and music by the king himself, and not without a bit of black humour, either. And finally: The Telephone. A boy wants to confess his love to a girl, except the girl is next to the telephone, and any time it rings, she has to pick it up. Through a charming opera from the 1970s, the audience will get to see a problem that has since grown to serious proportions.
THE CRITICS RESPOND:
“Perhaps sensing that the tragic overtones had to be dealt with gingerly, the director (…) thus focused on humorous aspects with the fourth and fifth wives. (…) This process works well. Also fortunately executed are the flow of emotions and atmosphere, which are administered in the appropriate dosages, with altogether nine musical interludes contributing to them.” (Zsuzsa Makk, Mezei néző)
“This two-person piece augmented by a few dancers and a walking telephone is quite a lot of fun, and in the era of the smart phone actually makes for very timely entertainment.” (Wolfgang Kutzschbach, Das Opernglas)