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.
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.
Berlin operettas were once brash and modern. Then came the Nazis, who persecuted Jewish composers and sealed the genre’s fate. They’re now experiencing a revival at the Komische Oper in Berlin.
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.
Should Berlin's legendary Volksbühne theater cater to an international audience? Its new director Chris Dercon thinks so. But critics worry that Berlin is losing a one-of-a-kind gem in the name of diversity.
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