Fast-paced “Falstaff” at the Komische Oper Berlin

Berlin (MH) – Entertaining with an emotional conclusion: The Komische Oper Berlin presented Giuseppe Verdi’s “Falstaff” on Saturday. The production by Barrie Kosky, which premiered at the festival in Aix-en-Provence in 2021, was received by the Berlin audience with frenetic applause and shouts of enthusiasm.

Final applause “Falstaff”

After the performance, mezzo-soprano Karolina Gumos (Meg Page) and baritone Günter Papendell (Ford) were appointed Berliner Kammersänger. Culture Senator Klaus Lederer (left) presented the awards. Director Kosky referred to the difficult Corona period and thanked Lederer for his communicative and constructive cooperation with the cultural sites.

As part of the premiere, the Komische Oper called for donations for Ukrainian refugees in Berlin. The Ukrainian tenor Oleksiy Palchykov, who played Fenton in “Falstaff”, thanked for the donations and emphasized that his country was defending the freedom of all of Europe. Finally, he sang a cappella a well-known Ukrainian song.

At the end of the season and at the end of his ten-year directorship, Kosky (55) brings an “All-Singing, All-Dancing Yiddish Revue” to the stage in June. He invited companions such as Dagmar Manzel, Katharine Mehrling, Max Hopp, Helmut Baumann, the Pfister siblings and Ruth Brauer-Kvam. The head of the Komische Oper lets his contract expire in the summer. His successors are Managing Director Susanne Moser and Opera Director Philip Bröking as co-artistic directors. Kosky will remain in the house, which is to be renovated in the coming years, as a director with two productions a year.

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