Operettas in Aargau


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Performing arts
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Description

Choral and theatre performances are synonymous with the canton of Aargau. In 1675, Baden was the location for the construction of Schützenhaustheater, Switzerland’s first permanent theatre. Amateur theatre groups and choirs sprang up in the area from the mid-19th century, driving the development of a multi-faceted tradition of operettas. Today, four amateur theatre groups led by professional directors regularly perform operettas: Fricktaler Bühne, Operette Möriken Wildegg, Operettenbühne Bremgarten and Theatergesellschaft Beinwil, which has been resident of the Löwensaal since 1864.

A different operetta is performed by each of the four theatre groups every two years. It takes about a year to prepare the performance, demanding a high level of commitment from everyone involved. After six months of rehearsals 2-5 times a week, the amateur choir and the soloists perform to the public four times a week for a period of three to five months. The great effort is rewarded with the applause at the end of every show, which all of the performers to give their best. The world of operetta and its costumes is so enthralling that the final performance is not without a tinge of sadness. Soon, however, performers and audience alike are swept up in the anticipation of a new production.

Image gallery

  • Fricktaler Bühne ballet dancers during the final rehearsal for "Vogelhändler" © Fricktaler Bühne, 2008
  • Soloists, an amateur choir and a children’s choir sharing the stage in the Bremgarten production of "Polenblut" © Operettenbühne Bremgarten, 2011
  • Actors putting all their energy into rehearsing their performance of the operetta "Die Banditen" © Operette Möriken-Wildegg, 2007
  • The choir rehearsing their parts in "Der Graf von Luxemburg" with a professional director © Operette Möriken-Wildegg, 2009
  • The Fricktaler Bühne stand at the 2010 Autumn Market promoting their production of "Die Fledermaus" © Fricktaler Bühne, 2010
  • Children painting theatre masks as part of Friktaler Bühne’s promotion of "Die Fledermaus" © Fricktaler Bühne, 2010
  • The Beinwiler Operetta grew in popularity and enjoyed great success with "Im weissen Rössl" in 1946 © Theatergesellschaft Beinwil am See, 1946
  • Beinwiler Theaterbühne followed up its first production a year later in 1938 with "Das Wäscherprinzesschen" © Theatergesellschaft Beinwil am See, 1938
  • Fricktaler Bühne ballet dancers during the final rehearsal for "Vogelhändler" © Fricktaler Bühne, 2008
  • Soloists, an amateur choir and a children’s choir sharing the stage in the Bremgarten production of "Polenblut" © Operettenbühne Bremgarten, 2011
  • Actors putting all their energy into rehearsing their performance of the operetta "Die Banditen" © Operette Möriken-Wildegg, 2007
  • The choir rehearsing their parts in "Der Graf von Luxemburg" with a professional director © Operette Möriken-Wildegg, 2009
  • The Fricktaler Bühne stand at the 2010 Autumn Market promoting their production of "Die Fledermaus" © Fricktaler Bühne, 2010
  • Children painting theatre masks as part of Friktaler Bühne’s promotion of "Die Fledermaus" © Fricktaler Bühne, 2010
  • The Beinwiler Operetta grew in popularity and enjoyed great success with "Im weissen Rössl" in 1946 © Theatergesellschaft Beinwil am See, 1946
  • Beinwiler Theaterbühne followed up its first production a year later in 1938 with "Das Wäscherprinzesschen" © Theatergesellschaft Beinwil am See, 1938

Audio

Operettenbühne Bremgarten: "Einungzwanzig – einundzwanzig" from "Polenblut", 2011 © Operettenbühne Bremgarten, 2011

Operettenbühne Bremgarten: "Und jetzt zu Euch, ihr elenden Saufkumpanen", from "Polenblut", 2011 © Operettenbühne Bremgarten, 2011

References and documentation

Publications
  • Fricktaler Bühne (Ed.): Die Fledermaus (DVD). Operette von Johann Strauss. Regie Paul Suter. Suhr, 2010

  • Operettenbühne Bremgarten (Ed.): Polenblut (DVD). Operette von Leo Stein. 2011

  • Schweizer Fernsehen: Ein Dorf spielt Operette. Freuden und Leiden eines Schweizer Dorfes bei der Produktion einer Operette. 2010

  • Theatergesellschaft Beinwil am See (Ed.): Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (DVD). Eine Operette von Otto Nicolai nach der Komödie von William Shakespeare. Ammerswil, 2008

  • Theatergesellschaft Beinwil am See (Ed.): Der Zigeunerbaron von Johann Strauss. Uzwil, 2010

  • Walter-Karl Walde: Dreissig Jahre Verein Operettenbühne Bremgarten. In: Bremgarter Neujahrsblätter. Ed. Schodoler-Gesellschaft. Bremgarten, 2007, p. 32-56

Documentation