Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny ©


Wednesday 01 April 2015 - 00:00
Cinemas, Italy

Live Event. The Royal Opera House Live Cinema - distributed in Italy by QMI - presents a John Fulljames new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's furiously impassioned operatic satire on consumerism: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. On this production the main characters are played by Christine Rice and Willard W. White. The music, performed by the Royal Opera House Orchestra, is conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.

The three-year genesis of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) spanned the entire partnership between Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill – one of the most fruitful and shortest musical collaborations of the 20th century. The great success of their first work together, the Mahagonny Songspiel (1927), encouraged the two to adapt it into a full-length opera. But progress stalled as the two men discovered their theories were developing in deeply divergent directions: Brecht eager to pursue the disjointed effect of his theories of epic theatre, Weill looking for ways to unify very different styles of music. Concerns from first the publishers and then producers over the work's 'depravity' further increased the disruption. The riot at the opera's premiere on 9 March 1930 was the beginning of the end of Weill's career in Germany.

The troubled development of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny only adds to the work's extraordinary power as one of the most unsettling and provocative of all operas. This is Weill at his most brilliant and inventive, incorporating popular song in the 'Alabama Song', neoclassicism in the terrifying 'Hurricane fugue' and soaring romanticism in the exquisite 'Crane Duet'. The Royal Opera's Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames directs The Royal Opera’s first production of the work in collaboration with designer Es Devlin (Don Giovanni, Les Troyens). They focus on Brecht and Weill's stinging critique of consumerism while finding new relevance in our insatiable depletion of the earth's resources.

QMI, has partnered with the British Council Italy to celebrate our 70th anniversary, by offering 50 free tickets for this show, distributed on a "first come first served" basis.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: send an email to: info@qmi.it with the following subject: ASCESA E CADUTA – BRITISH COUNCIL. QMI will provide you with the code and the instructions to download the ticket.



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