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»But I like to sing!«

Scenic Song Recital

Musical Theatre
Alter Saal

Following the great success of »Time is Driving the Car«, Holger Schultze is now staging three singers backstage.

They meet in the dressing room, backstage, in the make-up room ... or wherever they meet shortly before their joint stage performance.
Wonder what all comes up?

Zlata Khersberg-Reith, Ariana Lucas and Indre Pelakauskaite appear together on stage in the current Heidelberg production of »Eugene Onegin« and impress as a touching, sensual and sometimes comical female trio.

However, these three singers will prove that they can pull out all the stops both vocally and dramatically in this varied evening of song: Songs and arias, sometimes sung alone, sometimes in twos, sometimes in threes, by Georges Bizet, Gioachino Rossini, Maurice Ravel, Gustav Mahler, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Stephen Sondheim.

The Lithuanian soprano Indre Pelakauskaite celebrated an acclaimed debut as a new member of the Heidelberg ensemble in the role of Tatyana in »Eugene Onegin«.

Zlata Khershberg-Reith, the Russian mezzo-soprano, is already a well-known and popular stage performer in Heidelberg, where her roles have included Countess Geschwitz in »Lulu« and the witch Ježibaba in »Rusalka«. Last summer, she made her highly acclaimed debut as Eboli in Giuseppe Verdi's »Don Carlo« at the Opernfestspiele Heidenheim.

California-born contralto Ariana Lucas comes to Heidelberg as a guest from the neighbouring Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Parts by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss form the core of her operatic repertoire, with which she has toured the international opera world.

Musical Direction and Piano
Hanna Klose
Yvonne Braschke
Stage Design
Lighting Design
Ralf Kabrhel
Stage Manager
Joris Freisinger 
Costume Internship
Isabella Häusler
​Assistant Director
Helen Metzger

The production of the decorative parts is carried out in the workshops of the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg.

A complete list of all employees of the technical departments involved can be found here.

»Bereits einzeln sind ihre Stimmen ein Ereignis, aber gemeinsam sind [sie ...] ein so überzeugendes Gesamterlebnis, dass das Premierenpublikum sie [...] gar nicht mehr gehen lassen wollte«, berichtet Ingeborg Salomon in der Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung (16. Januar 2024). »Temporeich und mit viel Witz« habe Holger Schultze das Trio inszeniert, das alle Gefühle, »von tiefer Trauer bis zu überbordender Albernheit« mit ganzer »Bandbreite an Komik, Mimik, Witz, Charme und Körpereinsatz überzeugend ausleben« konnte.