Geboren 1957 in der Schweiz, erhielt Barbara Melzl ihre Schauspielausbildung an der Schauspielakademie in Zürich. Sie war engagiert am Theater am Neumarkt in Zürich, am Theater in Bremen, in Freiburg und Basel sowie am Schauspielhaus Zürich und am Staatstheater Hannover. 1993 wechselte sie an das Residenztheater, 2000 wurde ihr vom Verein der Freunde des Residenztheaters der Kurt-Meisel-Preis verliehen. Sie arbeitete u. a. mit Andrea Breth, Dimiter Gotscheff, Matthias Hartmann, Dieter Dorn, Martin Kušej, Tina Lanik, Thom Luz, Antoine Uitdehaag, Herbert Fritsch und Andreas Kriegenburg.

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Disappearing, fading away, vanishing and escaping – Aristophanes’s comedies deal with everything in the world that is ephemeral: life, happiness, property, knowledge and trust. They tell us about the complicated business of being human, about the problem of the just distribution of wealth, about greed, twisted rhetoric, and the eternal incompatibility between theory and practice.

Die Wolken, die Vögel, der Reichtum (The clouds, the birds, wealth)

The story, it seems, takes little time to tell: a prince and a princess from neighbouring kingdoms run away to escape from an arranged marriage, fall in love with each other incognito and try to use their cunning to be able to choose the path of their own lives for themselves – only to realise at the end that they have run straight into the fate that had already been arranged for them.

Leonce und Lena (Leonce and Lena)

Chekhov’s texts, first and foremost his youthful fragment «Platonov», form the starting point for a new evening of musical theatre by resident director Thom Luz. He has borrowed the title from a Russian film version of «Platonov» from 1977 and assembles a society that attempts to discern the melody of the joys and horrors of the future from the songs of a long-forgotten time.

Unvollständige Partitur für ein mechanisches Klavier (AN INCOMPLETE SCORE FOR MECHANICAL PIANO)