Most likely JS Bach was sipping strong black coffee at Zimmerman’s Coffee House in Leipzig sometime in the 1730s when he listened to the first performance of his Coffee Cantata. Coffee culture was pumping through Europe and was thought to be addictive and dangerous.
Get yourself a latte or an espresso from our barista, and sit back to listen to the comic opera tale of a clever daughter addicted to coffee and her not so wily father who tries to ban her from drinking it.
Three singers accompanied by NZTrio and just 28 minutes of caffeinated pleasure. The daytime show will be in proper period costume but the late night version is a slightly risqué burlesque affair. Come and sample one or both depending on your palate – decaf soy latte or short black?
Narrator (Tenor) – James Adams • Schlendrian, the father (Baritone) – Robert Tucker • Lieschen, his daughter (Soprano) – Imogen Thirlwall
Featuring NZTrio and directed by Sara Brodie