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Composer: Weill, Kurt (1900-1950)

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BerlinIch wollt’, ich wär’ ein Huhn: A Berlin evening CANCELLED / ABGESAGT!!

© Jan Windszus | Mats Backer
Weill, Dessau, Kreuder, Mackeben
Adam Benzwi; Anne Sofie von Otter; Wolfram Koch

GenevaUne Nuit Américaine

Waxman, Bernstein, Weill, Janáček
L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève; Lawrence Foster; Gordan Nikolić

BerlinSymphony concert 6: Kristjan Järvi and Nicola Benedetti

© Kevin Westenberg
Pärt, Shostakovich, Williams, Weill
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin; Kristjan Järvi; Nicola Benedetti

EssenLeonard Bernstein zum 100. Geburtstag

Steiner, Rózsa, Korngold, Bernstein, Weill
Essen Philharmonic Orchestra; John Axelrod; Daniel Hope

MadridStreet SceneNew Production

Joel Prieto (Sam) and Mary Bevan (Rose) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Weill: Street Scene
Tim Murray; John Fulljames; Teatro Real; Dick Bird; Geoffrey Dolton; Jeni Bern
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A muffled scream: The Threepenny Opera at Boston Lyric Opera

James Maddalena (Jonathan Peachum), Kelly Kaduce (Polly Peachum) and Michelle Trainor (Mrs Peachum) © Liza Voll Photography
Muted portrayals dilute the danger of the work, but excellent singing saves the performance. 
***11
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A vivid Street Scene at the Teatro Real

Joel Prieto (Sam) and Mary Bevan (Rose) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Weill's neglected "American Opera" opens in Madrid with a refurbished production by John Fulljames and a strong cast led by Patricia Racette.
***11
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“Auf nach Mahagonny" in Mannheim!

Thomas Jesatko (Trinity Moses) © Hans Jörg Michel
A modern Mahagonny rises and falls in Mannheim, brought to life by a great cast of singer-actors and a conductor (Benjamin Reiners) and orchestra who celebrate Weill's catchy score.
****1
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Mahagonny in Zurich: a tale of excess and depravity

Annette Dasch (Jenny Hill) © Tanja Dorendorf
The backstory doesn’t bode well: three fugitive criminals decide to found a city that will pander to society’s most vital needs: food, sex, warfare, and alcohol.
***11
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Hidden gems at the New Life Festival in Berlin

Gila Goldstein © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
The first edition of the New Life Festival, dedicated to Jewish musicians who fled from or suffered under the National Socialist regime during the Second World War, uncovered some hidden gems.
**111
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