OPERETTA 4.0 WITH THE JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH AND VIDEO COMMENTARY BY DENNIS METAXAS, CONDUCTOR: DANIEL GROSSMANN
Jacques Offenbach, son of a cantor in Cologne and inventor of the operetta, would be turning 200 this year. Reason enough to perform two of his rarely played one-act plays: OYAYAE OU LA REINE DES LES (1855) and POMME D’API (1873). A man-eating savage who makes unintelligible sounds; a young woman whom they call “Red-cheeked Apple”. What was fine satirical entertainment some 150 years ago, now faces 21st-century theatre with the question of what can be staged. Dennis Metaxas, assistant director at the Münchner Kammerspiele, has made a video commentary to accompany the concert – a visually stunning delirium tremens about colonialism, gender roles and, not least, our living room.