Breakfast at Tiffany's With Markus Meyer, recitation, Chris Hopkins and Thilo Wagner, piano
Breakfast at Tiffany's
A production of the Wiener Konzerthaus in the text version by Hans Mrak
With Markus Meyer, recitation, Chris Hopkins and Thilo Wagner, piano
The writer Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1924. He grew up in the southern states until his mother
brought him to New York when he was eight years old. At the age of nineteen, he was awarded the "O. Henry Prize" for his short story "Miriam". His novel "Other Voices, Other Spaces" was published in 1948 and was celebrated as the debut of a literary prodigy. This was followed by the short story collection "Baum der Nacht" in 1949, the travelogue "Lokalkolorit" in 1950 and the novel "Die Grasharfe" in 1951.
Published in 1958, "Breakfast at Tiffany's", about the fun-loving but mysterious and enigmatic party girl Holly Golightly, achieved great fame thanks to the film adaptation with Audrey Hepburn. The novel is a touching satire of "high class" New York society in 1943 during the last years of the war. Holly Golightly dreams of advancement: she does not like to remember her bleak past as an orphan and young wife; in the big city she hopes for a better life at the side of a wealthy man. For her, the jewelry store on Fifth Avenue becomes a symbol of the freedom and security she longs for. The inspiration for the character in the novel seems to come from several women - including those close to Capote - and there are some parallels between Holly Golightly and Capote's mother.
The actor Markus Meyer was born in Cloppenburg in 1971 and initially studied biomechanics at the University of Hanover before studying acting at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. While still
During his studies, Claus Peymann brought him to the Berliner Ensemble, where he has remained a guest since 2004. There he worked with George Tabori, Robert Wilson and Claus Peymann. Markus Meyer has played roles including Leonce in Georg Büchner's "Leonce and Lena", the Traveler in Lessing's "The Jews" and Aumerle in Shakespeare's "Richard II". In 2001, he made a short trip to the Volksbühne Berlin as Baal in Brecht's drama of the same name. At the Salzburg Festival, he played the title role in Büchner's "Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz", among others. Markus Meyer has been a permanent member of the Vienna Burgtheater ensemble since 2004. In addition to the theater, he can also be seen and heard on radio and television.
Chris Hopkins, born in Princeton (USA) in 1972 and equally adept on the piano and alto saxophone, is one of the busiest artists on the international jazz scene. Over 4000 concerts alongside many jazz stars - including Clark Terry, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Louie Bellson, Scott Hamilton, Butch Miles, Paul Kuhn, Till Brönner, Jackie Williams and Bill Ramsey - have taken him all over Europe, the USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to over 40 recordings to date, Chris Hopkins has released a solo album, "Daybreak", which was rated as one of the 10 best releases of the year by "Jazz Classic" magazine. The CD "Message from Mars" was awarded the German Record Critics' Prize and the Prix de L'Académie du Jazz. Particular highlights of his career are his invitations to the USA, including as a soloist at the "International March of Jazz" in Florida. In 2013, he was honored as "Keeper of the Flame" for his services to classical jazz in Europe, and in 2017 with the "Jazz Pott" award as "best progressive artist".
The "hellishly swinging" piano style of Stuttgart-based pianist Thilo Wagner is one of the best the German jazz scene has to offer.
jazz scene has to offer. Thilo Wagner grew up in Brühl and learned to play the piano at the age of five. After 12 years of classical piano training in Karlsruhe, he founded his first trio at the age of 18. The exceptional pianist follows in the
tradition of greats such as Erroll Garner and Oscar Peterson. In the meantime, he has been an integral part of the European swing scene for many years and is also known beyond Germany's borders as an institution in the swing sector. In 1998, Thilo Wagner won the soloist prize at the jazz festival in Vienne (France), and he is also an honorary citizen of the city of New Orleans. Tours have taken him all over Europe, Canada, the USA and South America and he is now immortalized on more than 70 CDs, which he has recorded with great colleagues such as Billy Mitchell, Butch Miles, Slide Hampton, Art Farmer, Emil Mangelsdorff, Martin Drew and Danny Moss. He is a permanent member of the Emil Mangelsdorff Quartet, the New Frankfurt Jazz Connection, the Bassface Swing Trio and the Thilo Wagner Duo "A Fine Romance", among others. He is increasingly touring with the Thilo Wagner Trio.