Colourful entertainment, great emotions - this is the enormous emotional range promised by director Tobias Materna for the production of the musical "A Cage Full of Fools" at the Eutin Festival.
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Magical spirits, knightly adventures and promises of loyalty provide a great deal of amusing suspense in Carl Maria von Weber's opera "Oberon". Under the title "The Oath of the Elf King", the Eutin Festival presents melodies and plot motifs from Weber's romantic composition in a version that is aimed specifically at young audiences and families.
Oberon, the ruler of the fairy world, seeks proof of true love after quarrelling with his wife Titania. In return, his helper Puck buzzes around the human world and finds two couples for the test of loyalty: Knight Hüon and his squire Sherasmin, and Princess Rezia from the Orient with her faithful servant Fatime. They have to pass fierce tests - the stage is set for imaginative summer night magic with fairies, knights and princesses, with magic horn and magic cup. Of course there is a happy end for everyone (spreadable: for the two couples and the king of the magic world.)
Directed by Jennifer Toelstede, the musical director is Romely Pfund. Oberon and his factotum Puck embody the musical professionals Alexander Ruttig and Arvid Johansson, in the other roles sing and play students of the music academies of Lübeck and Hamburg, accompanied by harp and piano. In addition, there is a small professional choir, which can be experienced in changing roles as fairies, pirates and slaves.
The eight performances take place for the first time on the studio stage in the Opera Barn and last 75 minutes each. The play is recommended for children from five years and families.
Performance venue: studio stage in the Opera Barn
Premiere: August 18, 2020
Duration: 75 minutes
The Korean baritone Hyunkyum Kim won the Eutin Festival prize of honour. Hilary Griffiths, Artistic Director Classical Music at the Festival, congratulated the 28-year-old singer on this success in the finale of the Maritim Music Prize.
The Eutin Festival will present the opera "Madama Butterfly" and the musical "La Cage aux Folles" on the lake stage in summer 2020.