RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY

Kurt Weill (1900-1950)

Grand Théâtre de Provence
6 9 11 15 July
AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY

Opera in three acts
Libretto by Bertolt Brecht, assisted by Elisabeth Hauptmann, Caspar Neher and Kurt Weill
First performed the 9th of March 1930 at the Neues Theater of Leipzig
Conductor
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Stage Director
Ivo van Hove
Stage and Lighting Designer
Jan Versweyveld
Costume Designer
An d’Huys
Video
Tal Yarden
Dramaturge
Koen Tachelet
Leokadja Begbick
Karita Mattila
Fatty, der "Prokurist"
Alan Oke
Dreieinigkeitmoses
Sir Willard White
Jenny Hill
Annette Dasch
Jim Mahoney
Nikolai Schukoff
Jack O’Brien / Tobby Higgins
Sean Panikkar
Bill, genannt Sparbüchsenbill
Thomas Oliemans*
Joe, genannt Alaskawoljoe
Peixin Chen
Chorus
Ensemble Pygmalion
Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
*Former artist of the Académie

New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
A coproduction with Dutch National Opera (Amsterdam), Metropolitan Opera (New York), Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (Antwerp / Ghent), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
With the support of Fondation Meyer pour le développement culturel et artistique

It is an allegory about life today. The principle character is the city. It comes to life starting from man’s needs and mans needs are responsible for its grandeur and its decadence.

Kurt Weill: Remarks regarding my opera Mahagonny, 1930

Fight, drink, fuck: everything is allowed in Mahagonny. Everybody can purchase his part of happiness in this artificial paradise founded right in the middle of the desert by three crooks on the run. But beware of liberal minded thinkers who would like to shatter this illusion… With Mahagonny, Brecht paints a vitriolic picture of a capitalist world built on crime and debauchery, whereas Weill opens the opera with the glistening sounds of jazz and cabaret songs. A resolutely iconoclastic work of which the political and social significance remains contemporary is particularly fitting for the stage director Ivo van Hove for his first highly awaited collaboration with the conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Saturday 6 July 2019
8:00pm
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Tuesday 9 July 2019
8:00pm
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Thursday 11 July 2019
8:00pm
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Monday 15 July 2019
8:00pm
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Prices: 290€, 200€, 160€, 120€, 80€, 55€, 30€
Young person's tariff: 9€
Family Opera tariffs
Performance available with ticket packages and Premium or Prestige offer

3 hours and 10 minutes with one interval

Sung in German with French and English surtitles