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By John Wood, Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

ISBN-10: 0141960736

ISBN-13: 9780141960739

A French courtier, undercover agent, libertine and adventurer, Beaumarchais (1732-99) was once additionally writer of 2 glowing performs in regards to the scoundrelly valet Figaro - successful successes that have been used because the foundation of operas by way of Mozart and Rossini. A hugely attractive comedy of intrigue, The Barber of Seville portrays the inventive Figaro foiling a jealous outdated man's makes an attempt to maintain his appealing ward from her lover. And the wedding of Figaro - condemned by way of Louis XVI for its bold satire of the Aristocracy and privilege - depicts a grasp and servant set in competition via their hope for a similar girl. With attribute lightness of contact, Beaumarchais created an audacious farce of cover and flawed identification that balances wit, frivolity and seriousness in equivalent measure.

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The enterprise was called officially the Buntes Theater. " The first evening of the cabaret, which lasted over three hours, did indeed provide a medley of moods and genres. The very date of the premiere had an ironic 40 BERLIN CABARET touch: it was the two hundredth anniversary of the elevation of the Hohenzollern dynasty to kingship, and the thirtieth anniversary of the proclamation of the Second Reich at Versailles. At the royal opera house that evening, the Imperial family and an audience consisting of "an ocean of uniforms interspersed with a few black tailcoats" attended the premiere of The Flight of the Eagle (Der Adlerflug).

17 The fragmentation and intensification of sense experience in everyday metropolitan life transformed the perceptual apparatus of modern urbanites to such an extent that they were no longer capable of the continuous reflection demanded by conventional drama. Stage presentations thus had to become as multiform and disjunct as the presentation of everyday life in the streets, shops, and offices of the modern metropolis. These arguments paralleled Simmel's analysis of the metropolitan psyche and its effects on the marketing of commodities.

The Premiere of the Motley Theater Ernst Ludwig Freiherr von Wolzogen (1855-1934; fig. 4) was the progeny of an old noble family that had lost its wealth in the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. By the nineteenth century the Wolzogens began to have familial and professional connections to artistic circles. Ernst von Wolzogen's grandfather had married into the family of Friedrich Schiller. His father, a bureaucrat who became director of the Schwerin court theater in 1867, married a daughter of Friedrich Schinkel, whose buildings had embellished the Prussian capital.

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