„The Bird Seller“ by Estonian director Marko Matvere
Carl Zeller’s most popular operetta, „The Bird Seller” (Der Vogelhändler) will premiere at the Estonian National Opera on May 26. It is a bucolic comedy set in the 18th-century Bavaria which humorously mocks the time’s court, its petty intrigues and village romance. The operetta is directed by Marko Matvere and designed by Kristi Leppik, the premiere will be conducted by Lauri Sirp.
Marko Matvere: „ The structure of „The Bird Seller“ is similar to that of Shakespeare’s comedy „The Taming of the Shrew“ – here as well two young lovers find each ohter only after several adevntures and misunderstandings due to their pride and strong character. In the operetta, this scheme has been complemented with many diferent series of events and it could even be said that the intrigue has been over complicated. But in the end, everything makes sense and understanding the plot should not be difficult.“