THE THREEPENNY OPERA

BERTOLT BRECHT (1898–1956) — KURT WEILL (1900–1950) — ELISABETH HAUPTMANN (1897–1973)
4 5 7 10 12 14 18 20 22 24 July

TEXT BY BERTOLT BRECHT AND MUSIC BY KURT WEILL
IN COLLABORATION WITH ELISABETH HAUPTMANN
BASED ON THE BEGGAR'S OPERA BY JOHN GAY
FIRST PERFORMED ON 31 AUGUST 1928 AT THE THEATER AM SCHIFFBAUERDAMM, BERLIN
TRANSLATION BY ALEXANDRE PATEAU

Conductor
Maxime Pascal*
Stage director
Thomas Ostermeier
Set design
Magdalena Willi
Costume design
Florence von Gerkan
Lighting design
Urs Schönebaum
Choreography
Johanna Lemke
Video
Sébastien Dupouey
Dramaturgy
Christian Longchamp
Dramaturgy and artistic collaboration
Elisa Leroy
Translator
Alexandre Pateau
Troupe de la Comédie-Française
Celia Peachum
Véronique Vella
Jenny, dite la Tripoteuse
Elsa Lepoivre
Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
Christian Hecq
Homme de Macheath
Nicolas Lormeau
Brown
Benjamin Lavernhe
Homme de Macheath
Noam Morgensztern
Filch, Homme de Macheath
Gaël Kamilindi
Macheath
Birane Ba
Lucy
Claïna Clavaron
Homme de Macheath
Nicolas Chupin
Polly Peachum
Marie Oppert
Amateur choir
Passerelles
Orchestra
Le Balcon
*Former artist of the Académie

NEW PRODUCTION FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE AND COMÉDIE-FRANÇAISE

— WITH THE SUPPORT OF MADAME ALINE FORIEL-DESTEZET, GRANDE MÉCÈNE D'EXCEPTION DES 75 ANS DU FESTIVAL D'AIX-EN-PROVENCE

To be a good man – what a nice idea!
But there’s the little problem of subsistence:
Supplies are scarce and human beings base.

The Threepenny Opera (1928), translation Eric Bentley

Who hasn’t heard of Mackie’s lament, that penetrating refrain, smooth as a sharpened razor blade? This year, the opening of the Festival takes an exceptional twist: after Mahagonny’s success (2019), the Archevêché will host, for the first time, the troupe of the Comédie-Française under the stage direction of Thomas Ostermeier for Weill and Brecht's other world-famous hit – The Threepenny Opera. A colourful anarchistic revue, a dark collage of haunting songs and danceable rhythms, this parody of opera demystifies a genre deemed bourgeois at a time when mass music is on the rise, and sarcastically describes the Weimar Republic – a period of moral confusion which is reminiscent of our own. Maxime Pascal will lead a dozen virtuoso multi-instrumentalists from his ensemble Le Balcon to perform the original version, for the first time on stage since its creation – a version that is more forceful and in line with Weill’s wishes. A few unpublished pages will be added, and a new translation will be made in close collaboration with the artistic team.

Tuesday
04
July
2023
22h00
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
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Wednesday
05
July
2023
22h00
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
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Friday
07
July
2023
22h00
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
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Monday
10
July
2023
22h00
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
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Wednesday
12
July
2023
22h00
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
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Friday
14
July
2023
22h00
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
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Tuesday
18
July
2023
22h00
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
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Thursday
20
July
2023
22h00
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
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Saturday
22
July
2023
22h00
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
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Monday
24
July
2023
22h00
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
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Ticket prices: €165, €130, €90, €59, €31
Youth prices: €49, €39, €27, €17, €9
Performance available with ticket packages and Dinner & Opera offer

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2 hours and 20 minutes without interval

Sung in French with French and English surtitles

With the permission of Kurt Weill Foundation, L’Arche Éditeur

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