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27 June 2017
The event attracted a large audience. Considering that one cannot have high expectations of the cast regarding opera performance at this stage, yesterday’s performance can be perceived as well done. The leading parts were performed by guests, of whom Wilhelm Formes as czar excelled vocally. The song in the third act “Einst spielt ich mit dem Scepter” was showered with such enthusiastic applause, it demanded a da capo. The role of the French messenger was appropriately cast with Groschel. Rethwisch, as the mayor, sang and acted with much humor, as usual, and thus proved himself to be an excellent comedian. Miss Schmitz as Marie had a pretty appearance. Her singing did not match her acting skill, however. On her first entrance on stage, she was presented with a glamorous laurel wreath. We hope the revenue of the benefit was as substantial for her as her welcome. The stage scenery was elaborate.