Gender Stories


Gender Stories
Festive concert with Vivica Genaux and Lawrence Zazzo


In Italian opera, castratos were regarded as something perfectly normal.They originally sang the female parts, but from the 1630s at the latest they took on more and more male roles. So what about the female singers? They sang both female and male parts. And if the opera role required that a woman should search for her beloved or relation disguised as a man, the criss-crossing gender game was complete. Baroque theatre audiences found these gender stories hilarious.

With the 2017 Handel Prize winner, the magnificent mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, whose profound, warm timbre constantly gets her cast in male roles, and the US star countertenor Lawrence Zazzo, this hilarity is transferred to a 21st century context. They are accompanied by the congenial Lautten Compagney Berlin, conducted by Handel Prize winner Wolfgang Katschner.

 

Production

 

Producer:Torsten Bönnhoff
Production Management: Ina Bönnhoff
Director: Myriam Hoyer
Cameras: Andreas Splett, Swen Frommolt, Thomas Kluge, Frank Menzel, Florian Geiss
Sound:Carsten Hundt, Leif Ziemann
Editor:Stephan Langnickel
Running Time:75 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Year of production:2019