Kurt Weill in February
Feb. 01, 2019
Several performances of Die sieben Todsünden fill the calendar this month. An exciting new production takes the stage at the Stuttgarter Ballet, directed by Anna-Sophie Mahler and conducted by Stefan Schreiber, with choreography by Louis Stiens. Performance artist Peaches performs the role of Anna I, beginning on February 7 and running in repertory through March 30. In concert, conductor James Gaffigan leads the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester with Delia Mayer as Anna I on February 13. The Shedd Institute in Eugene, Oregon presents a staging with Siri Vik as Anna I, and Caitlin Christoper as Anna II on February 22-23. Christopher also serves as choreographer for this production, alongside conductor Robert Ashens, and director William Hulings. Vik will also perform songs from Mahagonny-Songspiel, The Threepenny Opera, Happy End, and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Finally, beginning in March, the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, offers its new production, directed by Magdalena Weingut, conducted by Philipp Pointer, and starring Nicola Beller Carbone as Anna I.
(Die sieben Todsünden/Kurt Weill/London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor)
Lahav Shani, who has made Weill’s Symphony No. 2 something of a specialty, brings that work to London when he leads the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall on February 28. In a recent interview, Shani said of symphony, “It’s one of my favorite pieces to conduct with orchestras across the world… I think it would really surprise you if you had only heard songs by Weill. I was certainly surprised!”
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Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins) (1933)
ballet chanté in nine scenes
lyrics (Ger) by Bertolt Brecht
for soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, bass, dancer and corps de ballet
Symphony No. 2 (1933-1934)