Cheeky texts, zippy songs and a moving life story, grandly set into scene: This is
Tonight: Lola Blau
Musical for one actress
by Georg Kreisler
Lola is a young woman with the sole intention of singing, dancing and entertaining her audience. Unfortunately she grows up in a time and place, Vienna 1938, in which people are putting obstacles in her way because of her Jewish heritage.
Her way of dealing with the highs and lows of her life and which wisdoms she procures from them is embodied by Soprano Wiebke Huhs from Stuttgart in an enthralling and actualized version directed by Lars Franke.
Wiebke Huhs (Lola Blau), born 1979 in Stuttgart, Germany, is an all-around singer, at home in many musical genres. She absolved her studies in oratorio as well as concert and opera singing in the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre with Prof. Ingrid Kremling. She already amassed stage experience with major opera parts, for example "Agrippina" in Handels eponymous opera in Vienna, "Fiordiligi" in Cosi fan tutte in the Theatre Schwetzingen, "Poppea" in L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi in Montenegro, "Susanna" in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel and "Elisetta" in Il Matrimonio segreto. Yet she is also open towards modern music and musicals; she sang the premiere of Das goldene Kalb in Rheinsberg and appeared in the rock-opera Feen by Silvester Ianniello. Furthermore her vivid concert activities, especially concerning oratorios, took her across most of Europe. This brought her to work with Helmuth Rilling, Ton Koopman, Stefan Weiler and Bernhard Klebel, and she also regularly sings as a soloist in the Hamburger Michel (St. Michael's Church) and the Ulm Münster. Wiebke Huhs works as a freelance soloist, coach and choir director.
Lars Franke (Stage Director), born 1978 in Zwickau, had an extensive musical education concerning the accordion before starting his studies in music theater direction in Hamburg, with Professor Götz Friedrich, Peter Konwitschny and Harry Kupfer in 1997. His first work was visible in an university project regarding Le nozze di Figaro, in 2001 he was awarded his Diploma for his production of Tonight: Lola Blau by Georg Kreisler. Even during his academic studies he already taught at the drama school for children in Glinde, Schleswig-Holstein, and produced the children's musical Die Reise ins Pfefferland. In the season of 2002/03 Lars Franke was engaged as assistant director and evening director at the Theater of Kiel, in the 2003/04 season he performed the same functions at the Staatsoper Hannover. He assisted Kazuko Watanabe, Calixto Bieito, Peter Konwitschny et al., and presented his own production in the series "Opera X," shown in the Cumberlandsche Galerie. In April 2005 he produced the premiere of zeitoper 09 Eines schönen Tages. After his transition to the Staatsoper Stuttgart in 2006 he produced zeitoper II – Stationendrama in the season 06/07. Furthermore he directed Der arme Heinrich, a production of the Junge Oper with the children's choir of the Staatsoper Stuttgart in the season 2008/09, and the production of Das Geheimnis der verzauberten Juwelen. In October 2009 Lars Franke produced La Fantesca by Adolf Hasse at the Historisches Stadttheater Weißenhorn, and also in 2009 he was responsible for the rehearsals of Al gran sole carico d'amore by Luigi Nono under the direction of Peter Konwitschny at the Leipzig Opera. In 2010 he presented his first collaboration with the Philharmonic Choir Stuttgart, Via crucis by Franz Liszt. 2011 Via crucis was invited to the International Opera Festival in Hungary. Furthermore, a guest engagement led him to the Komische Oper Berlin. Since August 2011 Lars Franke is working as a freelance director.
Christoph Kieser (Piano) studied school music and received a musical education at an opera school. He plays piano in a teacher's jazz band and other formations, since 1997 in the Hot Jazz Revival Band, has various solo engagements and also works as a music pedagogue.