Oscar Straus

A woman who knows what she wants!

Musical comedy in two acts [1932]
1h 30m without intermission
Twenty different roles – two actors! Dagmar Manzel as the operetta diva Manon Cavallini also plays her suitor Raoul Severac and the father of her daughter Lucy. Max Hopp as this very daughter, Lucy, also plays all five of Cavallini's lovers and Lucy's family friend!
A fast-paced and breathless tour de force which keeps the orchestra, conducted by Adam Benzwi, mightily on its toes with a furious firework of fast-tempoed marches, tempestuous waltzes and incomparable chansons composed by Oscar Straus. “After just 90 minutes, one feels totally drunk on so much energy, intellect and wit.” [Berliner Morgenpost] “Dazzling. Overwhelming. Astonishing." [Die Welt]

The Vienna-born Oscar Straus, one of the most famous operetta and film composers in the 1920s and 1930s and who enjoyed success at Arnold Schönberg's Überbrettl cabaret composer college in Berlin and also in exile in Hollywood, premièred his operetta with Fritzi Massary in the main role and featuring brisk marches, tempestuous waltzes and incomparable chansons such as »What Is This Thing Called Love« and »Why shouldn't a woman have an affair« to great acclaim in 1932 at the legendary Metropol Theater, today the Komische Oper Berlin. She should. For a woman who knows what she wants!
Text by Alfred Grünwald based on work by Louis Verneuil

In the repertoire since 31 Jan 2015
Sun., 31. March 2019, 19:00


Musical direction
Adam Benzwi, Pavel B. Jiracek, Barrie Kosky
Pavel B. Jiracek