Los Angeles Opera Streams Kurt Weill-Centric Recitals by Susan Graham and Julia Bullock
May. 01, 2021
Two of opera’s brightest stars took to the virtual stage with programs that feature works by Kurt Weill as part of Los Angeles Opera’s Signature Recital Series. Performed without an audience at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Los Angeles Music Center, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and pianist Jeremy Frank presented an all-Weill concert of Graham’s favorite works by the composer. “The music of Kurt Weill has such a variety of mood, expression, and story!,” Graham enthused to the Kurt Weill Foundation. “The journey through this music is varied and fascinating, with some familiar tunes, as well as some lesser-known ones, all through the lens of an early 20th-century setting.” Graham's recital is currently available for streaming worldwide through July 1.
"Kurt Weill was one of those composers who could balance dichotomies in a way that was biting and brilliant," said soprano Julia Bullock, fresh from last year’s stunning Tiny Desk concert which featured Weill’s “Wie lange noch?” sung by Bullock with her husband Christian Reif at the piano. Bullock and pianist Laura Poe will present additional Kurt Weill selections streamed from the Konzerthaus Blaibach in Germany starting on May 21 and running through July 1. "Weill's music and the stories he told always spoke to the times he was living," said Bullock. "But what makes them classics and timeless is that they continue to speak to us in this moment."
(Julia Bullock performs Kurt Weill's "Wie lange noch?" with pianist and conductor Christian Reif)
For tickets to the Signature Recital Series, click here.