In 1931 a theatre in Munich closed within eight weeks of its opening because the manager refused to comply with fire regulations and played a sketch with a burning cigarette stub. The manager was Karl Valentin. If Herbert Fritsch managed a theatre, it might meet with the same fate: ABSOLUTE CONVICTION! Herbert Fritsch loves the stage, he loves the space on stage, he loves the theatre – and he loves people who share all that love. Karl Valentin was such a person.
With »Valentin« Fritsch will take a personal approach to Karl Valentin’s oeuvre. For a number of years now, Fritsch has been successful in bringing untypical texts and material to the stage. In these productions, the stage turns into text and music, and music becomes text and space. The unspeakable, the unsayable is one topic. Humour is another. »Valentin« is planned as an evening of light and humorous music, both dedicated to and inspired by Karl Valentin. Not exactly an evening in the style of Karl Valentin, but his spirit and his humour will be at the centre of an opera in search of the moment where language ends and music begins.