Oscar Straus

A woman who knows what she wants!

Musical comedy in two acts [1932]
1h 30m without intermission
20 different roles - two performers! Dagmar Manzel as operetta diva Manon Cavallini plays both her suitor Raoul Severac and the father of her daughter Lucy. Max Hopp as this very young daughter embodies all five lovers of Cavallini not to mention the Lucy's family friend! It's a rapid-paced and breathless tour de force further stoked up by the orchestra under Adam Benzwi with a stunning performance of brisk marches, tempestuous waltzes and incomparable chansons composed by Oscar Straus.
Glamour queen Manon Cavallini is an operetta diva idolised by all men. Raoul Severac has also fallen under her spell – much to the displeasure of young Lucy, who has fallen head over heels in love with the dapper bachelor. So she asks the star of the stage to reject Raoul and leave him to her. But there's something that she doesn't know: Manon is her mother! So extremely complicated family relationships are bubbling behind the scenes of the colourful world of operettas, where beautiful appearances prevail. It's hardly therefore a surprise when the orchestra witnesses the most intimate conversations or that the teenage Lucy is played here by Max Hopp – and Dagmar Manzel plays not only Manon, but also her numerous fans and admirers.
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
Fri., 20. October 2017, 19:30


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