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Van Hove and Salonen Build Weill’s Mahagonny in Aix

Jun. 01, 2019

Van Hove and Salonen Build Weill’s <em>Mahagonny</em> in Aix

This summer’s highly anticipated new production of Kurt Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, directed by Ivo van Hove, takes the stage at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence for four performances in July. Esa-Pekka Salonen leads London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and a cast of Weill veterans: Karita Mattila as Leokadja Begbick, Annette Dasch as Jenny, Nikolai Schukoff as Jim, Alan Oke as Fatty, Sir Willard White as Trinity Moses, and Sean Panikkar as Jack O’Brien. The production moves to Dutch National Opera in March 2020, where 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition winner, Lauren Michelle, will make her role debut as Jenny. Markus Stenz will conduct, while Schukoff, Oke, and White reprise their roles, joined by Doris Soffel as Begbick. Additional co-producers include Opera Vlaanderen, Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, and the Metropolitan Opera.

More on Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny is here:

(Finale from the powerful Teatro Real Madrid production, directed by Alex Ollé and Carlus Padrissa of the cutting-edge Catalan theater company, La Fura dels Baus, and conducted by the Pablo Heras-Casado)

(Exerpt from Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny/Royal Opera House, London)

(Exerpt from Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny/Oper Köln/Katharina Thalbach, director/
Lothar Koenigs, conductor)

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Kurt Weill
Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (1927/29)
opera in three acts
text (Ger) by Bertolt Brecht
English translation by Jeremy Sams
S, Mz, 3T, 2Bar, B; chorus and orchestra
2(2pic)1.1.ssax.asax.tsax.2(cbsn)- ad lib.banjo.bass gtr.bandoneon-str
Stage orchestra: 2(2pic).2.3sax(ssax, asax, tsax).2- or xyl.banjo.bandoneon-3 vn
full evening