Die Dreigroschenoper

Currently coaching on RAO’s imminent production of Die Dreigroschenoper (dir. John Ramster, cond. Dominic Wheeler).  This Brecht/Weill tale of poverty and anger presents a completely different musical language for many of the singers, owing much more to the ‘musical’ style and to jazz influences; here it is performed in its original German (keeping the language coach, Gerhard Gall, particularly busy with the many pages of dialogue!).  With many of the opera school’s singers away in the summer term working at Glyndebourne and Garsington, the understudies are largely drawn from the postgrad vocal studies course, so it has been an unexpected chance to work with them too.  Even the early production rehearsals looked very slick and dynamic!  The show opens on Thursday 19th May in the Sir Jack Lyons Theatre at RAM.