Vagabond Opera frontman Eric Stern is no stranger to irony
By Tony Montague In Straight.com, Vancouver BC
“Thereâ€™s certainly nothing too highbrow about Vagabond Operaâ€™s fusion of music with popular theatre. The ensembleâ€™s shows include many comedic elements, and the humour is often dark-hued, with a sharp sense of irony. â€œI think that comes partly from my being Jewish and having East European roots,â€ says Stern. ‘Itâ€™s in the history if not in the blood. Irony is also part of the cabaret tradition, especially in prewar Germany. Plus, this ensemble was created during the Bush years, and the politics of that time touch us. Thereâ€™s no way we couldnâ€™t be ironic.’ ”
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