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Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Thursday 13 May 202113:00
Saturday 15 May 202119:00
Wednesday 19 May 202119:00
Saturday 22 May 202119:00
Friday 28 May 202119:30
Zurich Opera
Thomas SøndergårdConductor
Sebastian BaumgartenDirector
Barbara EhnesSet Designer
Joki TewesCostume Designer
Doris SoffelMezzo-sopranoLeokadia Begbick
Cameron BeckerTenorFatty
Robert GleadowBass-baritoneTrinity Moses
Valentina FarcaşSopranoJenny Smith
Christopher VentrisTenorJimmy Mahoney
Cheyne DavidsonBaritoneBilly
Iain MilneTenorJacky O'Brien
Thomas ErlankTenorTobby Higgins
Ruben DroleBaritoneJoe
Jana FindekleeVideo Artist
Elfried RollerLighting Designer
Chris KondekVideo Artist
Kinsun ChanChoreography
Claus SpahnDramaturgy
Janko KastelicChoirmaster / chorus director
Zurich Opera Chorus
Philharmonia Zürich

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s opera Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, which premiered in 1930, is great fun. Weill’s highly varied disparate score mixes together music hall songs, jazz numbers, folk music, chorales, and arias. The scenes offer colorful, up-beat theater with adventurous location changes. The themes at the center of the show stretch from mankind’s pursuit of happiness to the impending end of the world. But the raucous fun is destined to get caught in your throat, because Mahagonny is also cynical, sarcastic, and caustic in its critiques. It shows a society sinking into anarchy as it self-destructs, reveals capitalism to be a perverted promise of freedom, and presents us with human depravity, snarling back at us from a distorted mirror. Sebastian Baumgarten’s production, which enjoyed wild success when it premiered three years ago, returns: this classic show from the early modern music theater age offers a series of images once brightly colored and bitingly socio-critical. Baumgarten shows the excesses of a society crazy with pleasure and fun with the instruments of epic theater, which he reinterprets for the present with great visual impact. The highly demanding tenor role of the doomed hero Paul Ackermann is sung by Christopher Ventris. Romanian soprano Valentina Farcas will appear as Jenny, and the character role of Widow Begbick will be played by Doris Soffel.

© T+T / Tanja Dorendorf
© T+T / Tanja Dorendorf
May 2021
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