Conchita delivered the absolute highlight of the evening when she performed her winning song «Rise Like A Phoenix» at the opening show.

Conchita delivered the absolute highlight of the evening when she performed her winning song «Rise Like A Phoenix» at the opening show.

Conchita delivered the absolute highlight of the evening when she performed her winning song «Rise Like A Phoenix» at the opening show.

Conchita would not have dared to imagine that in her wildest dreams: one day she would walk by Jean Paul Gaultier’s side. And to be praised in the highest tones by the fashion god: «Conchita is unique, fantastic, the best – this styling! I love her, she is the real deal,» enthused the fashion designer of the song contest winner. And Michael Häupl didn’t spare the bearded singer: «I would also like to thank Conchita Wurst. The message that has gone to this world from the Song Contest is the future that we imagine», said the mayor.

© Reuters / Leonhard Foeger Conchita Wurst with Jean Paul Gaultier

Within a very short time, Conchita managed to get the masses excited. And despite her soaring, she remains firmly on the ground with both feet: «A statement alone is not enough,» says Conchita Wurst modestly when she was asked about her success at the Life Ball. But of course she is happy to be able to be the finale of the opening with her song. And because the audience couldn’t get enough of Conchita, she also gave another small concert

in the city Hall


© APA / Hans Punz Conchita with David LaChapelle

Conchita and the jewelry

At the Aids Solidarity Gala, Conchita stayed in the background. This year, a necklace from Chopard and the

Original Life Ball poster by David LaChapelle

. The Songvontest Queen was not attracted to the Chopard necklace. «I’m not the chain friend,» said the singer, who came to the champagne reception all in black and actually without a chain. Your thing is more rings, explained Wurst.

© APA / Georg Hochmuth Conchita on stage

«Looking good is a form of respect»

Choosing the different outfits for the Life Ball would have been a lot of fun for her and her stylist: «I don’t even know how many outfits there will be in the end. It just happens as the mood takes you,» said Conchita before the big event. In any case, it has to be chic, because: «To look good is a form of respect for others. My grandmother taught me that,» she reported. One thing was certain from the start: too often she didn’t want to switch between different clothes: «I’m not Cher!»

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As a designer of excessive female figures, Sunnyi embodies Melle’s lonely format. At the Burgtheater she sang at the Life Ball Gala of greed, real and buyable love. A news talk about decay and death

At first glance, the Life Ball project looks more and more unrealistic: Is it possible to meet egoism, hopelessness, the fear for life that is now again present with a celebration of joy, love, lust and tolerance? In addition, the AIDS epidemic, which the founder Gery Keszler committed to fighting 25 years ago, seems so far under control and at least not the problem of the hour. In this situation, the actress Sunnyi Melles returns to the Burgtheater for an evening to sing one of Bert Brecht and Kurt Weill’s most famous songs at the Life Ball Gala: The «Alabama Song» takes you to the Netzestadt Mahagonny. Gold diggers, starved of deprivation of life after inhuman exertions in the cold and wilderness, are to be captured here by the pleasure industry until they are as poor as before. Six girls on the run sing the «Alabama Song»: They have no other option than to prostitute themselves in the Netzestadt. As a contrast, Sunnyi Melles speaks at the high-profile gala one of Brecht’s most tender love poems: The «Terzinen über die Liebe» sing about a crane procession, only a fleeting formation, but in flight they completely fall apart and thus an almost insurmountable power for the short time of the get-together . And then the Life Ball is suddenly timeless.


So what could be more natural than to talk to the tender and elemental, serious and excessive, eccentric and timelessly beautiful Sunnyi Melles about love, about the lovelessness and coldness of the time and about being a stranger in whose epicenter she grew up? «The greatest power in the universe is love,» she quotes Albert Einstein, who for his part released forces of a completely different kind.

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In her own childhood love was a rare commodity: in 1956, two years before her daughter was born, her parents had fled communist Hungary. The father, the well-known Jewish conductor Carl Melles, had to flee before the Nazis. The daughter with the Hungarian (and not verbally Americanized) first name was born in Luxembourg in 1958. Two years later, the parents separated. Sunnyi and her brother grew up in Switzerland with their mother, Judith von Rohonczy, an actress from the old Hungarian nobility. The mother, severely traumatized by the escape, never spoke a word of Hungarian again and communicated with the children in French. In return, those who grew up without a mother tongue became global citizens. «I was stateless for 15 years,» says Sunnyi Melles. «I was born in Luxembourg and lived in Switzerland without a passport until I was 16 years old.»

Two faces

When asked about her first love, she mentions her husband, Peter Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, the younger brother of the head of the family Alexander Sayn-Wittgenstein. She only met him in Salzburg in the early nineties, when she was already over thirty and was playing the fanatic in «Jedermann». «When I saw him, I wanted children from him,» is how she describes the life-changing encounter with the German aristocracy. «Before, children were never an option, the job always came first. But then it couldn’t be any other way. It couldn’t be changed.»

Since then she has brought two existences considered incompatible to one another: Sunnyi Melles, who set standards as an actress of exhibitionist hysterics, does not use the name Judith-Viktoria Princess zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn in her correspondence without industry-internal smiley accompaniment. The son is 22 and a DJ, the 20-year-old daughter, polyglot like the mother, is taking the first steps towards an acting career beyond the linguistic area. They were brought up on values ​​that have determined Sunnyi Melles’ whole life: to accept the other but not to be an opportunist. «Wanting to please everyone is bad. You have to show attitude and be aware that you are not only loved for it.»

Eros as the driving force

«When Sunnyi turns on the organ, the most insane characters become believable because you believe her insanity. She is an actress who always has to believe everything she does,» describes the former Burgtheater director Matthias Hartmann, who wrote her for plays by Thomas Bernhard , Woody Allen and Jean Racine brought back to the «Burg» after 26 years. Most recently she appeared there as a drama student in Hans Lietzau’s «Othello» production, and now she has taken possession of the house for the second time with impressive results: the audience literally threw themselves at the feet of those who had returned, until Hartmann involuntarily resigned in spring 2014, whereupon the The late entry was no longer employed.

«It’s like coming home,» comments the actress, who wrote history with the great theater man Dieter Dorn at both of Munich’s major theaters, commenting on the latest guest performance. «I miss the Burgtheater a lot, but it’s also good when you realize that there is something like longing.»

© Ernst Kainerstorfer News »You think about love and sex every day, but playing it yourself is very difficult«

Professionally, too, she embodies this strange, only seemingly irreconcilable double existence. As a ten-year-old she had already played theater in Basel, and as a twelve-year-old worked on a film adaptation of Hermann Hesse’s «Steppenwolf» with Max von Sydow. The current list of cinema and television appearances includes 68 items, not to mention appearances on some of the most reputable stages in the language area. «Eros and humor,» she says, are always the main driving forces. When she, almost a beginner, played Shakespeare’s «Troilus and Cressida» with the equally young Tobias Moretti in Munich, the crackling sound was audible. Sunnyi Melles, the fictional character always dressed in black (alternatively: jeans blue) and rose-red, is capable of enormous self-renunciation. What she knew how to mobilize in Racine’s «Phèdre» in frenzied lust was unparalleled.

But she’s never shown herself naked in front of the audience, even though it’s almost standard today. «You think about love and sex every day, but playing it yourself is very difficult.»

The boundaries of shame fall

She recently shot the eight-part TV series «Seitentriebe» in Switzerland with director Güzin Kar, although she is no longer a teenager. Not unlike the «suburban women», it is about a woman, well married and not afflicted by any troublesome indifference to life, who tears up young men in the café for the purpose of undisguised instinctual satisfaction. In the very explicit scenes, she sealed herself up with all kinds of masking aids, she says. «Otherwise I couldn’t have been free. I have my limit of shame and admire and envy Romy Schneider, Isabelle Adjani or Isabelle Huppert, who did not have this limit of shame.» But now, when the summer filming of the comedy «It won’t be greener» with Ulrich Tukur is over, things could get serious. There could be a movie coming up that deals with the existential, literally bare survival. Then, says Sunnyi Melles, all limits could finally fall.

Love and death

A year ago a catastrophe of devastating proportions struck the family: Peter von Wittgenstein, who worked successfully in marketing, was brought to the brink of death by a hospital germ after a harmless operation. After four months in the intensive care unit, he is now at home, poorly convalescent, but is far from being able to do his job.

«You’re helpless,» says Sunnyi Melles. «The most important thing is not to let any hatred arise, neither towards the doctor nor towards the hospital. You have to accept the pain and find strategies for life, and the children have helped me a lot. It is like that,» she continues simply «I love my husband. When you feel so bad, you first notice how much you love. There are some things about the other that upsets you, but again only because you love them so much. Love consumes a lot of energy and it isn’t.» always beautiful. But it also gives strength, and even the worries you worry about are love. I thank you every day that I still love my husband. «

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Death and its conquest came closer to her than expected, and the Life Ball became a matter of concern, for the sake of which she commutes several times from Munich to rehearsals in Vienna without reimbursement of expenses. Daughter Leonille had to do charitable work by law before graduation at a Munich high school. She decided on a six-week project with children with AIDS in Tanzania and brought back stories that the mother couldn’t get out of her head. It was clear that half of the children and adolescents would not survive the next four to five years. The German girls also had to be careful not to get injured and infected themselves. But after an hour there was no longer any foreignness to one another, and the trepidation gave way to the overwhelming feeling of being needed.

«If someone has to wear a headscarf, it should be the men for a change.»

But Sunnyi also sees Melles AIDS as a metaphor for an even bigger problem area. «Death is in all of us,» she says. «Even at a concert in Manchester, where everyone is happy, he is present because someone is extinguishing the peace and joie de vivre of young people. It is the same with AIDS: we are born to love and have sex. But if you can If you are happiest, a virus overtakes you. We need love and sex, we also need cathedrals and buyable love, but above all there is the need for education. Education is spiritual protection, in addition to preventive and medicinal protection, «she leads again unexpected virulent problem of religions over. «The Pope should promote contraception, not ban it. And terrorism is another type of virus that attacks you. No one was born to kill. Neither God nor Allah has decreed that life should be extinguished. Nowhere in the Quran does it say that one.» to kill in the name of God. But the Manchester suicide bomber was supported by his father. «

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Which brings you back to the pressing problem of enlightenment. You can recognize the quality of a religion quite naturally from its dealings with women. «That a woman can study, decide for herself which religion she wants to accept, that she lives according to her style and is not controlled by others, that she has the same rights as a man. I don’t want to be informed in the form of a disguise about which religion someone is That also applies to a nun. I also get scared if I can no longer see the other person’s eyes exactly. If someone has to wear a headscarf, then it should be the men for a change. I think it’s worth trying to tell my husband to cover himself up so other women don’t look at him. » The strangest thing is that you trust her to do it.

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