Half Six Fix: The Seven Deadly Sins


With Sir Simon Rattle

Wed 27 Apr 2022 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

Kurt Weill
Lonely House from 'Street Scene' *
The Seven Deadly Sins

Sir Simon Rattle conductor & presenter
Magdalena Kožená Anna
Andrew Staples father & tenor *
Alessandro Fisher 
Ross Ramgobin 
Florian Boesch
Sarah Playfair
 casting consultant
London Symphony Orchestra

Generously supported by the Jeremy and John Sacher Charitable Trust

This performance is funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY

Tickets: £35 £24 £18

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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

A different way to experience the LSO, with a burst of music to kick-start your evening: one piece introduced by the conductor, a relaxed atmosphere, and digital programme notes to delve deeper into the music while we play.

In this Half Six Fix: Sir Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená and Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. Born in the dying days of Weimar Berlin, premiered in Paris and yet somehow just as urgent right here in London in 2022. 

The story is set in America. Daughter Anna (Magdalena Kožená) is sent away from her family, tasked with bringing back the money to build a house on the Mississippi River. Through seven years and seven cities, from Memphis and Los Angeles to Philadelphia and San Francisco, Anna encounters the seven deadly sins. It’s money vs morals, and at every turn Anna must battle it out and make her choice.

When times are tough, there’s only one way to get ahead: Bertolt Brecht knew that back in 1933, and Kurt Weill set it to music that stings, even through every fabulously memorable tune. Social comment has never been so shamelessly entertaining.

'The London Symphony Orchestra’s regular Half Six Fix is a quick shot rather than the full classical cocktail: one hour; one symphony; no messing around.' (inews)

Addition to programme
In an addition to the original programme, this concert will open with Lonely House from Weill’s musical Street Scene. The concert is expected to end at approximately 7.30pm.
Posted 25 April 2022

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