Family Concert – Temporarily not available
Family Concert: Temporarily not available
Alessia Schumacher Soprano, Philipp Mayer Baritone
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Simon Rössler Direction
Claus Unzen Staging
Claus Engel Stage Design and Costumes
Gian Carlo Menotti
Plink, Plank, Plunk
For the very young visitors we offer a crèche with qualified music pedagogues, which is also accessible during the concert.
Sun, 11 Oct 2015, 14:30
Chamber Music Hall
Sun, 11 Oct 2015, 17:00
Chamber Music Hall
“Temporarily not available” – a concept that is difficult to imagine in this age of mobile phones, smartphones and social media! And yet there are moments in which it would be better if no one could call. For instance, when you are proposing marriage. Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera buffa The Telephone recounts in a witty, ironic way the story of Ben, who is about to take a trip and wants to quickly ask for his girlfriend Lucy’s hand. Each time the telephone rings before he can utter the decisive words. Lucy chats with her girlfriend, has an argument with an acquaintance, and then seeks consolation from another friend. Ben gets more and more nervous: he wants to get his proposal out of the way, but it seems he has no chance – until he gets a brilliant idea ...
Anyone who thinks the piece must be contemporary is wrong. Gian Carlo Menotti, born in Italy and later active in America, wrote this delightful one-act opera in 1947. Which demonstrates once again that whether you can be reached or not using a technical device is not solely a problem of the present day. And, almost incidentally, listeners discover in this work what an effective musical instrument a telephone can be. Under the musical direction of Philharmonic percussionist Simon Rössler, at this family concert members of the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform Menotti’s small musical jewel together with other works. Students at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin will take the singing parts.