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Die Schöne Helena by Offenbach in Berlin.


Die Schöne Helena

by Offenbach in Berlin

Jacques Offenbach Die schöne Helena - Extraordinary. A must to see in Berlin. Foto Ivo Freese.

Nicole Chevalier in the centre of the ensemble. at Jacques Offenbach´
Die schöne Helena – Extraordinary. A must to see in Berlin. Foto Ivo Freese.

Visited by Henning Høholt and Tomas Bagackas. Foto: Iko Freese. drama-merlin.de

BERLIN/GERMANY: The beautiful Helena by Jacques Offenbcah, presented in a successful and very musical version of the Komisches Opera in Berlin, is a huge success in a very elegant refined homoerotic framework yet another great success for the opera house.

It became one of the highlights during this winter season, as Komisches Oper has managed to lift this operette to another unexpected level as a combination of a grand operrette/musical show, visually and musically brilliant.

Nicole Chevalier in the titelrole and dancers. Foto: Iko Freese

Nicole Chevalier in the titelrole and dancers. Foto: Iko Freese

In the center of it all, on roll skates we found the famous norwegian baryton Tom Erik Lie, leading the elegant ballet of 6 handsome young men, dancing acting and brilliantly and virtuose on roll skates. A high light for the whole performance.

In the leading roles:

Nicole Chevalier as Die schöne Helena, at Komisches Opera, Berlin

Nicole Chevalier as Die schöne Helena, at Komisches Opera, Berlin

Nicole Chevalier as Helena,  Tansel Akseybek as Paris, Peter Rens – Menelaus, Karolina Gumos – Orest,  Stefan Sevenich – Kalchos, Christian Grygas . Agamemnon, Tom Erik Lie – Ajax I, Philip Meierhöfer – Alex II, Uwe Schönbeck – Achill, and many others.

 

The dancers:

But them who in fact made that this became a mood bomb were the 6 dancers: Michael Fernandez, Paul Gerritsen, Christoph Jonas, Lorenzo Soragni, Zoltan Fekete, Hunter Jaques, and their dance captain, Silvano Marraffa. The energi these male dancers showed, an the accurate expertise in a very high tempo was extraordinary.

The dancers in Jacques Offenbach Die schöne Helena, - WONDERFUL energi. Foto Iko Freese.

Some of the dancers in Jacques Offenbach
Die schöne Helena, – WONDERFUL energi. Foto Iko Freese.

It was staged by Barrie Kosky, Choreography by Otto Pichler, Costumes Buki Shiff.

Elegantly conducted by Ivo Hentschel.

Die schöne Helena is an opera buffo in three acts by Jacques Offenback, Text by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Haley, translated to german by Simon Were.

At bandoneon: Juri Tarasenok

Tom Erik Lie at rollskates in front of three of the outstanding ballet. Foto of the poster Tomas Bagackas.

Tom Erik Lie at rollskates in front of three of the outstanding ballet. Foto of the poster Tomas Bagackas.

For visitors to Berlin around Christmas, i am happy to tell that Die Schöne Helene is at the repertoire again, 19. and 25. December, – at our evening there were a long queue after eventually free tickets, nearly all of them in the queue didn´t get any tickets. – And we do understand, be cause this was entertainment, humor and musicality of highest possible class.

Die schöne Helene

a must in Berlin

Link to: Komisches Opera, Berlin

 

 

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