Auf d'Nacht, Herr Direktor!
Beside his astonishing career as one of the most important actors in the German-speaking world with an European presence Michael Heltau has started many years ago a second professional way: his own creation of a one-man-recital which is always totally sold out. With little gestures, with a play of light and shadow, with his kind of amazement and elegance he is able to imagine colourful figures transforming the gossamer of great little texts into a flying carpet of fantasy. Michael Heltau listens to the heartbeat of chansons and songs, he makes them sound as if they were written only for him in spite of having them heard a hundred times. Within his programs he admits space for yearning and joy, melancholy and laughter. His interpretation of songs by Jacques Brel is legendary, and each new program bears surprises.In this book full of pictures and notes one may discover much about this exceptional actor, about him and about the power necessary to make all this seem so easy and effortless. The title is an old stage proverb “Auf d’Nacht, Herr Direktor!” The evening when the curtain rises . . . then it counts . . .
Auf Stichwort: Michael Heltau
Michael Heltau is adored and loved by his public. The actor who has passed his studies at the famous Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna, had stage appearances at almost every great theatre in the German-speaking world. At the Salzburg Festival where he has worked regularly he appeared for the first time under the direction of Giorgio Strehler in 1965. For almost forty years he is a member of the Vienna Burgtheater and has got the honorary title of its "Doyen" in 1993. Until these days he is celebrated for his interpretations as a chansonnier. The worship for this artist, the phenomenon Michael Heltau could be described by the fact that he succeeds on stage in creating dreams. In several conversations with the author and journalist Monika Mertl there has been formed a first and long sought after spoken biography of this "stage person".
About the Author
Monika Mertl is a free-lance music publicist in Vienna. She has written a biography of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and she does the official Salzburg Festival almanac since 2001 and has developed an up to date form for this traditional publication.
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