In the shtetl Anatevka everyone follows the tradition, and everyone prances a bit like a fiddler on the roof. This is how the milkman Tevje imagines what it would be like if he were rich. But first of all, the first three of his five daughters are to be married off. Zeitel, the oldest, loves the poor tailor Mottel and not the rich butcher Lazar Wolf. How good that Tevje's deceased mother-in-law and Lazar's first wife report from the afterlife to change Tevje's wife Golde. The other daughters of Tevje do not want to know anything about the suggestions of the matchmaker Jente, follow their hearts and decide in favor of the student Perchik or the Russian Christian Fedja. Times are changing, because men begin to dance with women - and in all brutality there are riots at the wedding party, which started so happily. Then everything happens in quick succession: the shtetl has to be cleared within three days. Everyone packs their suitcase to start the journey into the unknown.
First performed on Broadway in 1964, "Anatevka" has been inspiring not only with gorgeous dance scenes, large-scale show numbers and intimate
moments, but has also captured audiences worldwide because Tevje's wishes, dreams and hopes are deeply human. In the new production in Graz, Ivan Oreščanin can be seen as Tevje, who communicates with his creator in order to master his life. After his successful work in the context of the short opera (most recently “Mario and the Magician”) and at the Leoben City Theater, Christian Thausing staged his first musical at the Graz Opera.
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