Kurt Weill


With Sir Simon Rattle

Thu 28 Apr 2022 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Barbican Hall, London

Weill Little Threepenny Music
Weill Death in the Forest ^
Weill Lonely House from 'Street Scene' *
Weill Beat! Beat! Drums! † and Dirge for Two Veterans * from 'Four Walt Whitman Songs'
Weill The Seven Deadly Sins

Sung in German with English surtitles

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Magdalena Kožená Anna
Andrew Staples father & tenor *
Alessandro Fisher 
Ross Ramgobin 
brother & baritone †
Florian Boesch
 mother & bass-baritone ^
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

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

Satire and sleaze in 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, particularly when combined with further unforgettable musical bulletins from Berlin as Weill knew it, a city on the edge. From lethally tuneful satire in Little Threepenny Music, to the ice-cold anger of Death in the Forest, with Andrew Staples and Florian Boesch as soloists.

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