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Rise and Fall of the City of MahagonnyNew production

Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
Dates/times in Berlin time zone
Saturday 02 October 202119:00
Saturday 09 October 202119:00
Thursday 14 October 202119:30
Sunday 17 October 202118:00
Thursday 21 October 202119:00
Saturday 23 October 202119:00
Friday 29 October 202119:00
Sunday 07 November 202116:00
Saturday 13 November 202119:00
Friday 01 July 202219:00
Performers
Komische Oper Berlin
Ainārs RubiķisConductor
Barrie KoskyDirector
Klaus GrünbergSet Designer, Lighting Designer
Klaus BrunsCostume Designer
Anne KuhnSet Design Collaboration
Maximilian HagemeyerDramaturgy
Nadine WeissmannMezzo-sopranoLeokadia Begbick
Ivan TuršićTenorFatty
Jens LarsenBassTrinity Moses
Nadja MchantafSopranoJenny Smith
Alma SadéSopranoJenny Smith
Allan ClaytonTenorJimmy Mahoney
Peter RenzTenorJacky O'Brien
Tom Erik LieBaritoneBilly
Tijl FaveytsBassJoe
Günter PapendellBaritoneJoe
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin
Chorsolisten der Komischen Oper Berlin
David CaveliusChoirmaster / chorus director

Opera in German language 

One of the most radical and well-known musical theatre works of the 20th century returns to the stage of the Komische Oper Berlin in a new production by Barrie Kosky, under the musical direction of General Music Director Ainārs Rubiķis—with star tenor Allan Clayton as Jim Mahoney, and audience favourite Nadja Mchantaf as Jenny Hill.

In the middle of a wasteland, far from the federal agents pursuing them, three fugitives on the run from justice become founders of the city of Mahagonny. It’s to be their promised land, a pleasure city where sin reigns unbounded—since nothing less than the sale of love and alcohol will keep the money flowing. Eat! Love! Box! Drink! But alas, who’s going to foot the bill...

A flight from enslavement, from criminal pasts, from poverty—set in an empty desert filled with dreams and yearning, apocalyptic natural disasters, strict proscriptions and voluptuous excesses. Premiered contemporaneously with Arnold Schoenberg's opera of the Old Testament, Moses and Aron, Brecht and Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny is a work in which the references to the Books of Moses are more hidden, but ultimately just as unmistakable. Mahagonny, both opera and anti-opera, thematizes the snares and traps of human existence with the help of biblical images—all carried aloft and driven home by the music of Kurt Weill. His compositions here absorb a disparate group of styles and influences—all in all an unparalleled and inimitable achievement.

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