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Il viaggio a Reims

By Eva Huber

One last time it was showed at the Opera House in Zurich: Il Viaggio a Reims; and I was lucky enough to get the chance to see it.

Rossini’s last Italian opera only consists of one act and is further divided into different scenes. The frame story is simple: various noble European people conglomerate in the Golden Lily spa hotel in anticipation of their departure for King Charles X’s coronation that evening. Much to their disappointment, however, the departure is adjourned indefinitely as no horses are at free disposal. In order to soothe the subdued mood, a party to celebrate the coronation is promised to be thrown the following day.

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The Burden of “Happy Days” – Beckett’s Tragicomedy at the Schauspielhaus Zürich

By Eva Huber

samuel beckettProbably most famous for his Waiting for Godot, Beckett similarly plays with the simplicity of action, staging and plot in Happy Days. The latter play was recently shown at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, directed by 85-year old Werner Düggelin. Düggelin may be a so-called expert in his fields. He has always been an enthusiast of Beckett’s work. Under his direction, other adaptions of “absurdist” plays, for instance by the French play-wright and contemporary of Beckett’s, Ionesco, have been shown in Switzerland.

The play is divided into two acts and the plot is reasonably simple, and so is the staging. Only two characters, namely Winnie and Willie, are present. Winnie, the woman, is buried into a mound over the whole course of the play. Willie, who is most likely her husband, is behind the mound.

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The Turn of the Screw

By Eva Huber

20th century chamber opera composed by Benjamin Britten, based on the novella written by Henry James

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“Nearly there
Very soon I shall know,
I shall know what’s in store for me.”

I awaited the start of the evening with the same feelings the governess experiences when she’s on the stage for the first time. While the audience is ignorant of the night’s procedure, the governess starts a distinctly new period of her life, serving as a governess in a big mansion far away from home.

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