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Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, May 2013

The costumes are perfect for the period, and the sets do a fine job re-creating turn-of-the-20th-century Berlin, with a creative touch of appropriate expressionistic lighting in the junk dealer’s shop.

The singing itself is fine throughout. I’d especially single out Manfred Röhrl’s Wilhelm, Gerti Zeumer’s reflective Auguste, and Donald Grobe’s understated, very funny Birkhahn for their way of phrasing musically, while interpreting their parts with an almost songlike attention to detail. The mixed chorus at the beergarden is a delight to hear…Caspar Richter leads an energetic, sharply pointed performance.

…the Prussian Fairytale is a fun little opera, amusingly sardonic, and wittily performed by a good cast. Recommended. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review





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