An evening with the “operetta king” Paul-Abraham
Abraham, born in Serbia, was a star all over Europe since his operetta “Viktoria and her Hussar” and gave legendary “goulash parties” for “tout” Berlin in his house on Fasanenstrasse. Even though the successful composer suffered from depression and wandered the streets trying to distract himself in bars and gambling casinos or with women, he was a workhorse.
“The Flower of Hawaii” surpassed the success of “Viktoria” and his next coup – “Ball at the Savoy” – was the cultural event of the end of the Weimar era. But then Hitler came to power, Abraham fled to Budapest and later via Paris and Havana to the USA, where all his attempts to land with new projects failed. The symptoms of mental illness increased, which ultimately landed him in a psychiatric hospital for ten years.
Tonight Andrea Chudak (soprano), Tobias Hagge (bass), Max Doehlemann (piano) and Judith Kessler (narrator) are resurrecting the "King of Operetta" and his most beautiful but also funniest hits.
Schiffbauerdamm, 10117 Berlin, at Friedrichstrasse train station