The Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter sings at all major opera and concert houses in the world. Following her guest performance with the chansons collection Douce France (Grammy Award 2015) and her role as »the old woman« in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, the world-class singer will be appearing for the third time at the Komische Oper Berlin. This time she’ll be performing alongside actor Wolfram Koch who achieved cult status as Frankfurt crime scene inspector in the Tatort television series.
»If only I were a chicken!«, »I’m Standing in the Rain«, and »Don’t Cry forLove« – timeless melodies with absurd, bizarre, matter-of-fact, and romantic lyrics are the trademark of the hits that came out of Berlin in the 1920s and 30s. Kurt Weill, Paul Dessau, Hanns Eisler, Friedrich Hollaender, Peter Kreuder, Theo Mackeben, and Michael Jary – the names of their authors whose fates could not have been more different. While some were persecuted for their ancestry or beliefs, others made arrangements with the fascist regime. All of them, however, have their musical routes in legendarily liberal Berlin. An evening of opposites and contradictions, unresolved and unembellished!