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.
“With The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny , Brecht reappropriates and distorts the classic theme of the « ideal city » in order to criticise the moral values of unrestrained [...]