Humberdinck’s fantasy opera “Sleeping Beauty” in Philippskirch

Leipzig. Leipzig is increasingly developing into the land of milk and honey musical theatrical mediation: the season has not yet reached four weeks when the third major project has already been implemented, which will move for, with and sometimes also by children and young people. This kind of magic is in the future. and like “Ikarus und Der Traum vom Ffugen” in MuKo last week and “Future: Now!” At Augustusplatz this past weekend, “Sleeping Beauty” on Friday evening at Philippuskirche am Kanal was also successful.

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Presentation of the children’s opera “Sleeping Beauty” in Philippuskirch.

You can see it unequivocally in the children who fill the church room of their parents with great happiness. You can see it in the audience, which follows the plots of Caroline Masore as the evil fairy Demonia hatching with mouths half open. You can see it in the children’s choir, Schola Cantorum Leipzig, composed by Bernhard Steiner, whose members accomplish events with the same dedication with which they give all their singing. You finally see and hear the unconcerned cheer exploding after nearly an hour and a half of handcrafted fairy magic. There is no doubt that anyone who witnessed this performance has developed antennas for the most artificial of all artistic genres, which are at the same time the most natural and most emotionally direct.

The magic of homemade

“Sleeping Beauty” is part of the appreciative Christian Brautigam “Children’s Classic” festival, the seventeenth edition of which opened. Opera productions have been around since the beginning. But now they have reached a noticeable seriousness and professionalism.

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Performance of the children's opera Sleeping Beauty in Philippskirche.

Performance of the children’s opera Sleeping Beauty in Philippskirche.

The home-made sympathy charm still characterizes the scenic side of the event. In her productions at the Konstanze Neumann Ost Theater and in the costumes of Oliver Viehweg, Ulrike Zeitz masterfully finds a balance between student theater, rubbish, magic, and ironic refraction. She makes sure her actors play with their hearts. From Taryn Kerr, who is at the center of the action as Sleeping Beauty, Fairy and Quicksilver, to the truly lovable Caroline Masur, grotesque and hilarious as Demonia, to King Stefan Gomolka, who also made the game’s version.

Specialists from Lindenau

This is all good, true, and important. But children’s musical theater is acquired through music. If you don’t take them seriously, you won’t take your audience seriously and therefore you can leave them alone. Because young people have good antennae for someone who really does what for them. Or whether evaluation is the focus, doesn’t really matter here.

That’s why it’s so good to be a musical comedy orchestra in a kids’ classic boat. As the professionals from Lindenau pick up on Christiane Brautigam’s heartbeat, up the beat on their own if needed, and make sure the first imaginative sound, brazenly stolen from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, that Brautigam can nurture the singers with their church music knives.

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Reactions to Mendelssohn’s book Mozart Wagner

Meanwhile, the reflexes of Humperdinck’s Mendelssohn-Mozart-Wagner are in good hands with the orchestra, allowing it to flourish and shine – and don’t bother with Philippuskirche’s uncomplicated acoustics and even the more problematic composition with brass. far in the back. It always looks from pretty to very good and often together.

Performance of the children's opera Sleeping Beauty in Philippskirch: Caroline Masore as Demonia.

Performance of the children’s opera Sleeping Beauty in Philippskirch: Caroline Masore as Demonia.

Before that, soloists could shine with dedication. Gorgeous floppy, yes: Taryn Kerr’s blush silver and skinny, Ervin Ahmeti (Prince), Marie-Louise Driessen’s deep as the slept-asleep fairy Morvina. This reliable foundation also makes it easy for the charming fairy Totti from Montserrat Lyon to float in style.

Yes, a pleasant evening, an effective gateway to the drug – unfortunately only for one performance. What about Tobias Wolff, if the MuKo Orchestra had already rehearsed for the score anyway…?

On September 24 at 3 pm in the Reformed Church in Tröndlinring: the radio-theatrical concert “Alarm about the tin robber rascals”, which invites children from 5 years old to participate, watch or turn their ears. At 8 pm there is the famous “Pajama Concert”, where the ballet of children at the Blagowitz School of Ballet and the ballet group “Fairytale Time and Seasons with Antonio Vivaldi” perform. It will be managed by Larsen Sickert of Knalltheater. Tickets: box office

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