Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny — Productions — Royal Opera HouseIt was first performed on 9 March at the Neues Theater in Leipzig. Weill was asked by the Baden-Baden music festival committee to write a one act chamber opera for the festival. He ended up writing Mahagonny-Songspiel , sometimes known as Das kleine Mahagonny , a concert work for voices and small orchestra commissioned. The work was written in May , and performed in June. The eleven numbers, which include the "Alabama Song" and "Benares Song", were duly incorporated into the full opera as Weill worked through summer and autumn on the libretto.
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Kurt Weill - Live at Teatro Real
The Three Elements of Mahagonny
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. Directed by Brian Large. Moreover, courtesy of Brecht, Mahagonny also serves as a work of socio-political satire: an uncompromisingly severe critique of the contemporary bourgeoisie and capitalism, it offers a bleak and unironic portrayal of modern life and the self-interested pursuit of wealth. Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny is set somewhere in the American west, and tells the story of an opportunistic trio of fugitives who build a city in the desert, in the hopes of attracting nearby gold prospectors and their money. After days of fighting, drinking, cavorting and gambling, he runs out of money, cannot pay his bills and is locked in jail. Following a farcical [End Page ] public trial, Jim is sentenced to death.
Peter Hoare, Willard W. Photograph by Clive Barda. John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's furiously impassioned operatic satire on consumerism. There are currently no scheduled performances of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Three criminals on the run find they can go no further and found a city — Mahagonny, city of gold.
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