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Frühlingsstürme
Frühlingsstürme © Jan Windszus Photography

Spring Storms

Jaromír Weinberger

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The »last operetta of the Weimer Republic« returns! Created by the extremely successful Jewish-Czech composer Jaromír Weinberger, Spring Storms was premiered on January 20, 1933 at the Admiralspalast in Berlin, almost one month after Paul Abraham's Ball at the Savoy  and ten days before the National Socialists seized power. Richard Tauber performed as the Japanese officer Ito, and Jarmila Novotná as the Russian general’s widow Lydia Pawlowska.

On March 12, 1933 the curtain fell permanently and irrevocably on this operetta.

Now, 87 years later, the curtain will be lifted again for Barrie Kosky’s new production! While the Nazis marched through Brandenburg Gate with their torches, as Jewish artists were deprived of their positions and the Reichstag burned, the audience at the Admiralspalast defiantly allowed itself to be carried away night after night by spring storms to distant China:

Japanese spies disguised as Chinese in the headquarters of the Russian army command, a young widow from St. Petersburg who makes the officers’ blood race, and a nauseating German reporter who tells corny jokes and attempts to ensnare the saucy, smart-mouthed daughter of the commanding general – these are the ingredients of this idiosyncratic operetta, set in the middle of the Japanese-Russian war of 1904/1905. Although the standard pattern for roles in an operetta is retained, with a lyrical-dramatic couple and a buffo couple, the work breaks in many places with the usual forms: long acts with ballet interludes are completely absent, the chorus only sings offstage, the finales are taken on alone by the four soloists – and the leading role of General Katschalow is entirely spoken.

Jaromír Weinberger’s music demonstrates mastery of both operetta’s rhythmically exhilarating sound and its dramatic aspects. The work combines orchestral representations of nature (the spring storms!), musical exoticism, and song-like melodies that meet late-romantic instrumentation – which, due to the missing original score, was specially reconstructed for the new production.

Libretto by Gustav Beer
Reconstructed and newly arranged by Norbert Biermann
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Teilnehmende Künstler
Jordan de Souza (Musikalische Leitung)
Barrie Kosky (Inszenierung)
Otto Pichler (Choreographie)
Klaus Grünberg (Bühnenbild und Licht)
Anne Kuhn (Bühnenbildmitarbeit)
Dinah Ehm (Kostüme)
Ulrich Lenz (Dramaturgie)
Stefan Kurt (General Wladimir Katschalow)
Alma Sadé (Tatjana)
Vera-Lotte Boecker (Lydia Pawlowska)
Dominik Köninger (Roderich Zirbitz)
Tansel Akzeybek (Ito)
N.N. (Oberst Baltischew)
Luca Schaub (Großfürst Michailowitsch)
Arne Gottschling (Shibato und Hotelconcierge)
Yannik Heckmann (Kawa-Kami und Peter)
Sascha Goepel (Rittmeister Strotzky)
Alessandra Bizzarri (Tänzerinnen)
Claudia Greco (Tänzerinnen)
Marika Gangemi (Tänzerinnen)
Martina Borroni (Tänzerinnen)
Azzurra Adinolfi (Tänzerinnen)
Jaslyn Reader (Tänzerinnen)
Lauren Mayer (Tänzerinnen)
Sophie Merrison (Tänzerinnen)
Meri Ahmaniemi (Tänzerinnen)
Tara Randell (Tänzerinnen)
Livia Delgado (Tänzerinnen)
Sarah Stanley (Tänzerinnen)
Sara Pamploni (Tänzerinnen)
(Es spielt das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin.)

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