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Gothenburg’s Cabaret shines within the darkness – Seen and Heard Worldwide

Sweden John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Cabaret: Soloists of Gothenburg Opera, ensemble, kids’s choir, The Göteborg Opera Orchestra / David White (conductor). Gothenburg Opera primary stage, 1.10.2022. (NS)

Sally Bowles (Kerstin Hilldén) and ensemble in Cabaret (c) Lennart Sjöberg

Manufacturing: Lyrics by Fred Ebb (Swedish translation by Rikard Bergqvist), e-book by Joe Masteroff.
Choreography – Rebecca Howell
Set and Costume design – Lucy Osborne
Lighting design – Oliver Fenwick, Richard Howell and Tom Gibbons
Conductor and Musical association – David White
Various conductors – Magnus Larsson, Aivis Greters

Emcee – David Lundqvist
Sally Bowles – Kerstin Hilldén
Clifford Bradshaw – Tobias Ahlsell
Fräulein Schneider – Siw Erixon
Herr Schultz – Lars Hjertner
Fräulein Kost – Karin Mårtenson Ghods
Ernst Ludwig – Anders Wängdahl

For the Gothenburg Opera’s luxurious manufacturing of Cabaret, James Grieve and his group hold the story firmly in Nineteen Thirties Berlin with consideration to element right down to the Deutsche Reichsbahn crest on the railway carriage. However with some considerate selections they’ve heightened the affect of this highly effective story.

Lucy Osborne’s units and costumes vividly delivered to life this misplaced world, from a gorgeously decadent Package Kat Klub to the common-or-garden however homely boarding home run by Fräulein Schneider. The costumes of the cabaret artistes (particularly, the daring and different costumes for the Emcee) channeled the brashness and elegance of the period however the manufacturing additionally had many extra refined results, notably the delicate and completely judged lighting. Rebecca Howell’s choreography was beautiful within the massive ensemble scenes, however the discreet dancing {couples} within the background of affection scenes had been additionally a stunning contact.

Anders Wängdahl was a cheerfully amoral Ernst Ludvig, with the practiced appeal of a black marketeer, but additionally a progressively rising Nazi streak. His politics had been made all of the extra sinister by his unemotional supply of his warning to Fräulein Schneider that her engagement to a Jew was “unwise”. Karin Mårtenson Ghods performed the prostitute Fräulein Kost with an enormous dose of sarcasm and had an ideal pressure together with her landlady Fräulein Schneider, needling Schneider as her revulsion at Kost’s clientele warred together with her equally pressing want to usher in hire for her rooms. The scene the place Schneider caught Kost sneaking a sailor out of her room was nice visible comedy, made much more hilarious when Kost produced two extra sailors from her room after the coast was clear!

Fräulein Schneider was given actual depth by Siw Erixon, whose performing fleshed out Schneider’s light eager for love and tenderness whereas maintaining her sensible streak. The scene the place she handed again her engagement current to Sally and Clifford was heartbreakingly intense, and her condemnation of Clifford telling her to struggle reasonably than give in from his privileged place as a foreigner had actual chunk in addition to unhappiness.

However most of all she shone when along with Herr Schulz, who was fantastically performed by Lars Hjertner. He was merely pleasant in each scene, from providing a pineapple as a love providing to changing into tipsy at his engagement get together. The couple’s singing of ‘Married’ was transferring in its sincerity. His final scene poignantly mirrored his character’s innate goodness which can be his tragedy – trusting within the basic decency of his fellow Germans.

Tobias Ahlsell made a really plausible Clifford Bradshaw whose nice voice mirrored an initially harmless and carefree character. His rising realization of the Nazi menace mixed with Sally’s being pregnant to make his love extra possessive. Fairly understandably this transformation strained his relationship with Sally. Kerstin Hilldén was a feisty and impulsive Sally Bowles. She put her full-bodied soprano to good use, most of all in a sensational efficiency of ‘Cabaret’. However her performing and singing was equally vivid exterior of the large cabaret numbers, displaying Sally’s character and independence. Hilldén made Sally’s selections comprehensible given her urge to carry out and the camaraderie of the cabaret artistes.

Emcee (David Lundqvist) with ensemble within the Package Kat Klub (c) Lennart Sjöberg

David Lundqvist (final seen by your correspondent as an excellent Fagin in Oliver! evaluation click on right here) was a mesmerizing Emcee. His comedian timing and his interactions with the ensemble had been masterful, aided by Rebecca Howell’s excellent choreography. It’s laborious to decide on however of his showpieces ‘Cash’ was significantly spectacular. Lundqvist depicts the Emcee as a chameleon, each visually in his bewildering array of costumes and morally in the best way his character typically displays the ugly prejudices of his time whereas additionally being transgressive himself. However he movingly confirmed his vulnerability in a haunting reprise of ‘I don’t care a lot’, which ended with Nazi thugs closing in on him.

It was not simply the soloists who had been memorable – the ensemble had been impressively versatile and simply took on each problem thrown at them. The engagement get together scene was significantly tremendous (full with an on-stage band!) and supplied enjoyable with out the darkness-tinged decadence of the Package Kat Klub. I used to be additionally significantly impressed by the youngsters’s choir who sang ‘Tomorrow belongs to me’ the primary time, in a scene that was intentionally disturbing. 32 members of the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra created a beautiful sound below David White’s baton. This manufacturing is a compelling retelling of an necessary story, in addition to nice leisure.

Niklas Smith

Taking part in till 29 March 2023, for extra info and tickets see the Gothenburg Opera web site (click on right here) which additionally has a video trailer.



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