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My Top 5 Male Voices in Musical Theatre

Here’s the male version of last Favourite Friday! Again, the mentioning of the guys is in no particular order. 😉

1) Norbert Leo Butz – if you have been following my blog for quite some time, you probably will have recognized that there’s one man in musical theatre business I could go crazy about. I mean, he’s just amazing. End of story. 😉

2) Christian Alexander Müller – number 2 on my list and the second one of the guys who once played Jamie in The Last 5 Years. I travelled to Chemnitz to see the production in played in. I love his voice – it’s more classical than most of other musical theatre actors’ in my opinion (which is a result from his classical voice training). And as you’ll see as we’ll be getting more into the list I have a soft spot for classical trained voices. One of the most poweful examples of his voices is his interpretation of “Stars” from Les Miserables from back in 2004 when he was about 23 years old. I recently even got to know one of his students and he has kind of the same voice and – well – that was beautiful.

3) Brian Stokes Mitchell – just like with LaChanze who was featured on the female version of that list I was introduced to him at the concert of songs by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty at 54below in September. His voice is – like Christian Alexander Müller’s – more on the classical side. And: Hell, yeah!

4) Günter Papendell – and here it comes! Another classical trained voice! I met Günter years ago when I sat in on a production of Beethoven’s Fidelio where he only was Don Fernando who is on stage for like three minutes (and directed to sleep most of that time in our production). He’s in the ensemble of Komische Oper Berlin and I saw him in quite a few productions, most recently as Olysses in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria where not only he was a brilliant Ulysses but the production was pretty beautiful all over. Oh – and his Don Giovanni!

5) Martin Wölfel – guess what! Another opera singer! Martin Wölfel is a countertenor and I saw him perform as Edgar in Reimann’s interpretation of King Lear (which is fact is a gorgeous opera and had an equally gorgeous staging at Komische Oper Berlin a few years ago) and – BOY! – that was some performance! Wölfel is here more an expression of my love for countertenors. But he’s pretty amazing, too!

Who’s your favourite?

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My week #7 Sept 16 – 23

what I saw 
Dirty Hands (Sartre) directed by Jette Steckel at DT Berlin. I liked it. Kind of. I mostly liked the thought of another actress playing Olga than the one who as actually playing the part.
Murmel, Murmel remember last week when I saw these two Herbert Fritsch productions at Volksbühne? Well, that was the third and it was the best. Mostl because I had the feeling that Fritsch couldn’t just be lazy only finding kind of easy pictures for the texts. Because: When people say “Murmel” for 90 minutes that’s not much of a text, right? 😉
A midsummernight’s dream (Benjamin Britten) at Komische Oper directed by Viestur Kairish. Nope I didn’t like that one. Let’s not get started here….

what I read    
my friend’s BA thesis. And mine. And the others’ comments on mine. And again: mine.

what I listened to  
Drew Gasparini: I could use a drink. Great songs, great singers. Go, listen to them on iTunes!

what I bought 
some vacation preparational stuff.

what I did  
first things first: I finished off my BA thesis! Yay! My friend is gonna bring it to the examination office tomorrow. That’s some good new, right?
Other than that: Nothing much. I worked on the new webpage to represent the project I’m working for. I went out for dinner with my two “criminal dinner”-bosses. I had an amazing night with my best friend at a great bar with great wine.

where I travelled
the nightly Berlin. Again. This time: Less drunk, more bike-fun. I really love riding my bike across the city for 45 minutes at night. It’s amazing. It would have been even more amazing if it was still summer, but…..(sadly I didn’t to that at all this summer, but the next summer will arrive sooner or later…)

My week #3 aka My month (April 15th – May 29th)

Well, that was some not-blogging going on here! I hope you didn’t mind too much, cause now I’m back. And to easy back into blogging I’ll share my month in facts with you.

what I saw  
Barrie Kosky’s production of György Ligeti’s ‚Le Grand Macabre’ at Komische Oper Berlin
Ganesh versus The third Reich’ by Back to Back Theatre at HAU
again Konwitschny’s production of ‚Don Giovanni’ at Komische Oper
‚Clavigo’ at Theater Kiel
Tales from the Vienna Woods’ under the direction of Michael Thalheimer at Deutsches Theater Berlin
Tobias Rausch’s ‚Fluchtpunkt Berlin’ (‚vanishing point’/’refuge’) at Deutsches Theater as well
I love I’ by Modjgan Hashemian at Ballhaus Naunynstraße.

what I read
not too much, sadly. But mostly theatre stuff.

what I listened to
I just got the latest Album by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk and I’m obsessed with some of the songs. I also went through some phases of ‚Bonnie and Clyde’ (Frank Wildhorn), ‚Dido and Aenas’ (Henry Purcell) and ‚Next to normal’ (Brian Yorkey/Tom Kitt) loving.

what I bought 
I guess to much. But the money was well invested in some stuff for my new room.

what I did
as usual: sports, work. Unusual: taxes (today!), moving from one room in the apartment to another (bigger!), I hang out with an director I used to work with until half past two at night, I visited the Carnival of Cutltures to meet up with a group of people, I finished my paper for university, I handed in my graduate programme-application.

where I travelled
Kiel (for work) and again: my boss’s apartment to sit the cats.

My week #2, April 8th – 14th

Sorry, people, for my absence! I was sitting my boss’ appartment plus her super lovely cats. Now I’m back and even almost back on track blogging!

what I saw  
a concert of György Kurtags ‚Kafka-Fragments’ at Jewish Museum Berlin. GREAT!

what I read
Gender-opera-stuff, still.

what I listened to
opera ouvertures, a lot of.

what I bought 
organic food, notebooks and a pencil

what I did
some sports. some work. And I was at a kind of nice (but at the same time not so nice) discussion about free(lance) musical theatre in opera houses.

where I travelled
nowhere. I lived at my boss’ place for the week to look after her cats while she was on vacation.

My week #1, Apr 1st – 7th

what I saw:
Don Giovanni at Komische Oper Berlin, 2×1 of Letzte Spur Berlin a German crimi series and the first half of 3rd season Downton Abbey

what I read 
„Der Russe ist einer, der die Birken liebt“ by Olga Grjasnova (The Russian is someone who loves birches) and the first half of „Unfun“ by Matias Faldbakken and started „Aller Tage Abend“ by Jenny Erpenbeck. Some (musical) theatre magazines and essays on voice and cross dressing

what I listened to
Fidelio, Leonore (different versions of the same and only Beethoven opera), Mazeppa (Tschaikowski), I can do better than that (from The last 5 years by Jason Robert Brown)

what I bought
makeup and organic food

what I did 
I ran. I worked. I thought. I attended a very nice training by Nike causing me very sore muscles.

where I travelled
Kleinmachnow. a suburb of Berlin. To take a look at a house that is owned kind of by my family.