Just before the Nazis came to power, Berlin operettas were famous for their brash mix of European operetta and American jazz. At Berlin's Komische Oper, the Australian Barrie Kosky is reviving the genre.
With the successful staging of "Fiddler on the Roof," the Komische Oper celebrates its 70th anniversary. For DW columnist Gero Schliess, the smallest of the three Berlin opera houses is particularly inspiring right now.
Richard Wagner's opera "The Mastersingers" was used by the Nazis for propaganda. Australian stage director Barrie Kosky is the first non-German and first person of Jewish heritage to stage the troubled work in Bayreuth.
The transition between the stage and reality is sometimes fluid. That's what our columnist Gero Schliess experienced when he saw the operetta "Ball at the Savoy" at the Komische Oper Berlin.
As always, Berlin's cultural calendar for the year is chock-full of events. Yet the city could offer even more, says DW columnist Gero Schliess. Too much is predictable and not enough is avant-garde.
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