The Giza pyramids on the shores of the very German river Spree! At the Komische Oper, director Barrie Kosky and conductor Adam Benzwi breathe new life into a long-forgotten operetta classic: THE PEARLS OF CLEOPATRA.
Just a ‘little Egyptian flirting’ is all that Cleopatra, the Queen of the Nile, wishes to lift her mood. The permanent drought and the armies of the Roman Empire at the Egyptian borders have given her quite a headache. So she flirts with the Syrian prince Beladonis and takes Silvius, the Roman ambassador, as her new lover. International or intimate relations – the most beautiful queen of the world holds sway over the hearts of all men. What is the secret of her power? The pearls perhaps…
The poignant wit and the frivolous ambiguity mixed with a musical cocktail of jazz, late Romanticism and a dash of Viennese waltz make THE PEARLS OF CLEOPATRA a pointed satire on bourgeois conventions. Oscar Straus composed the role of the Queen of Egypt for nobody less than Fritzi Massary, one of the biggest stars of the European stage in the Roaring Twenties.
More than eighty years after the sensational world premiere, the operetta returns to the Berlin stage, with film and stage actress Dagmar Manzel in the role of Cleopatra and Dominique Horwitz as the obliging minister, Pampylus.
After his YEVGENIY ONEGIN in January and THE NOSE in November, director Barrie Kosky brings a joyful satire to THE OPERA PLATFORM for the holidays. THE PEARLS OF CLEOPATRA is the new operetta that promises to be an absurd and tumultuous experience on the stage of the Komische Oper. The enthusiast audience cannot be wrong!