Berlin opera returns to 1920s decadence

Berlin opera returns to 1920s decadence


norman lebrecht

April 20, 2022

The Komische Oper is reviving Oscar Straus’s Pearls of Cleopatra from 1923.

And this stuff all ended so well last time round.




  • RW2013 says:

    They’ve been playing it for years.
    Dagmar Manzel is worth the price of the ticket.

  • Diane Valerie says:

    “Perlen” has been in the Komische repertoire for quite some time. A tip: Do not sit too close to the stage or other points of easy access – the Komische is very keen on audience participation …

    • John Borstlap says:

      That is true. An aunt of mine visited a production when on an itnended short holiday visit and never came back. One of our sad family stories.


  • Tiredofitall says:

    I’ve watched this production on YouTube for a long time. It is brilliant. I would love to see it in person.

  • Mixer says:

    And if you downloaded it to your hard drive or burned it to DVD when it was streamed by OperaVision six years ago, this production would ideal to watch now as an antidote to all the Parsifals and Tristans that are being streamed all over the place these days.

  • Robin Worth says:

    Going to see it next month ( si Dios quiere)

    Kosky can be brilliant (or not so)

    I wish that I were younger and might live to see Berlin recapture what it was in the 1920s, but it is still one of Europe’s thrilling cities

  • John Borstlap says:

    It looks like a kind of HIP – Historically Informed Performance. A bit different from HIP Bach cantatas and the like.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    It looks like great fun!!

  • MPMcGrath says:

    You took the snide remark tight out of my mouth!!!