Barrie Kosky Talks About Bringing Weimar Operetta Back to Berlin

originally published in the Jewish Daily Forward. On a freezing January evening, a large crowd gathered to watch as three stolpersteine were hammered into the sidewalk outside the Komische Oper Berlin. These brass stones commemorate victims — mostly, but not all, Jewish — of Nazi persecution. The plaques laid in front of the opera commemorated Jews…

Daily Tip: La Belle Hélène at the Komische Oper

The Komische Oper is currently in the midst of an operetta festival that includes the premiere of Oscar Straus’ Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will, as well as several of the company’s recent forays into the operetta genre. (For the extremely interested, there’s even an international conference about operetta called “The Art of the Superficial: Between…