With his farewell premiere, Ingolf Huhn comes full circle, since in 2009 he conducted the operetta “Der Bettelstudent” for the first time on this open-air stage with which he fell in love. Since 2011, he is general manager of the theater in the heart of the Ore Mountains and leaves traces here on the artists and the …
With his farewell premiere, Ingolf Huhn comes full circle, since in 2009 he conducted the operetta “Der Bettelstudent” for the first time on this open-air stage with which he fell in love. Since 2011, he is general manager of the theater in the heart of the Ore Mountains and leaves traces here on the artists and the public. His writing could be felt in many high quality performances. He dares successful experiences that also attract the younger generation to the theater. And he had the team spirit, without which nothing works. Huhn is a passionate master of his subject and himself said at the opening of season 128: “The theater is here for the truth. Not for the plain truth of newspapers and screens, but for a deeper truth, one that is true. One that is consistent for our life and that – far from hypocrisy, dependence on reputation and the pursuit of advantages – allows us to look in depth, where we can find something really important and right, something. something that gives us an idea of where our life has meaning and could find a destination … “.
“The Bird Trader” is by far the most popular operetta by Carl Zeller, who composed the music. Moritz West and Ludwig Held, who wrote the libretto, had put the original, folkloric story of the “bird merchant” in a small village in the Rhine-Palatinate in the first half of the 18th century. But the natural scene with trees, rocks and lots of greenery is downright inviting. Tilo Staudte is responsible for the minimalist scenography with the fateful pavilion, the castle and of course the rustic inn. Despite the capricious weather, the theater was very busy. The public wanted to relax from everyday life, a little summer. In addition, the content of the play, which did not require much thought from anyone in the audience, but only fun, was virtually created.
The voter had announced that he would hunt wild boar, to the chagrin of the people of the village. But there was not a single boar left, because they had already landed in the pots of the premises. Now Baron Weps, master of the forest and electoral game, has entered the scene. This role was tailor-made for Leander de Marel. With all his nature and the naughty and funny interludes, he amused the audience a lot. The baron organized intrigues to fill his own wallet and pay the gambling debts of his nephew Count Stanislas (Jason Lee), who posed as the voter refusal. In the meantime, Adam, a bird trader, came to migrate from Tyrol. Berlin tenor Timo Rößner was won over for this role, which he performed brilliantly. The dance of the popular hits began with “Hello everyone”, accompanied by the sound of waltzes, which animated the audience to hum and applaud.
The musical direction was in the hands of Dieter Klug. The choir of the Eduard-von-Winterstein-Theater brought a lot of liveliness to the already turbulent plot, also thanks to the choreographer Sigrun Kressmann. In general, the whole ensemble showed a lot of passion from the main actors to the small actors. The audience honored this performance with applause that did not want to die out and cries of enthusiasm. When outgoing CEO Ingolf Huhn entered the scene with his entourage, the audience stood up and applauded. An act of appreciation.
The next performances of the operetta “The Bird Trader” will be broadcast on Wednesday at 5 pm and on August 15 (Sunday), 18 (Wednesday), 25 (Wednesday) and 29 August at 3 pm on the natural stage of Greifensteinen.