RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY / KURT WEILL - Operas - Season 08/09 - Lille OperaKurt Weill wrote to UE in , during his work on Mahagonny : It is beyond question that at present a completely new kind of stage work is emerging, which addresses itself to a different and incomparably larger audience, and whose effect will proliferate in completely unaccustomed ways. This movement — whose most powerful proponent, in the field of theatre, is Brecht — has until now never encroached upon opera, even though music is one of its essential elements. Thus its effectiveness will extend far beyond the time of its creation. It is indeed a matter of creating the new genre that will deal with the utterly different expressions of life in our time in an appropriate form. Product available. Read the full transcript. You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers.
The Three Elements of Mahagonny
Peter Hoare, Willard W. Photograph by Clive Barda. John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's furiously impassioned operatic satire on consumerism. There are currently no scheduled performances of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Three criminals on the run find they can go no further and found a city — Mahagonny, city of gold. The destitute and the disenchanted flock to Mahagonny, among them the prostitute Jenny and the lumberjack Jimmy McIntyre with his three friends.
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. Directed by Brian Large. Moreover, courtesy of Brecht, Mahagonny also serves as a work of socio-political satire: an uncompromisingly severe critique of the contemporary bourgeoisie and capitalism, it offers a bleak and unironic portrayal of modern life and the self-interested pursuit of wealth. Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny is set somewhere in the American west, and tells the story of an opportunistic trio of fugitives who build a city in the desert, in the hopes of attracting nearby gold prospectors and their money. After days of fighting, drinking, cavorting and gambling, he runs out of money, cannot pay his bills and is locked in jail.
It was first performed on 9 March at the Neues Theater in Leipzig. Weill was asked by the Baden-Baden music festival committee to write a one act chamber opera for the festival. He ended up writing Mahagonny-Songspiel , sometimes known as Das kleine Mahagonny , a concert work for voices and small orchestra commissioned. The work was written in May , and performed in June. The eleven numbers, which include the "Alabama Song" and "Benares Song", were duly incorporated into the full opera as Weill worked through summer and autumn on the libretto.