Zar und Zimmermann or Czar and Carpenter is an operetta by one Albert Lortzing whose name I had never heard. The music wasn’t particularly interesting, that is probably why Lortzing is not as famous as Lehar or Kalman.
But the production I saw at the Musical Comedy of Leipzig was really fabulous. The direction, the singing, the dancing and most of all the set and the costumes were exquisitely made. Peter the great, the Czar of the title, looked exactly like the man we have in mind from various paintings. The French ambassador was modelled after Louis XIV (his voice and performance were outstanding,his name is Patrick Rohbeck), and because the plot was taking place in a Dutch shipyard everything evoked paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and other Flemish masters.
This feast for the eyes in which the good singer and character actor Milko Milev held a central part, was directed by Dominik Wilgenbus. Set by Udo Vollmer and costumes by Andrea Fisser.