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Articles tagged with "Kurt Weill"

Some things are better left unsung: Why composers use speech in opera

2 November 2015

Composers have long explored the gamut of vocal expression from a whisper to a scream.

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 1 April 2015

31 March 2015

John Fulljames’s new production of Brecht and Weill’s satire stars Anne Sofie von Otter, Willard White and Christine Rice.

Brecht’s Mahagonny: A Janus-faced work

13 March 2015

The influential playwright wrote Mahagonny at a transitional time as he turned towards Marxism, and further developed his theories of epic theatre.

Mahagonny Musical Highlight: The Mandalay Song

10 March 2015

Kurt Weill thought this one of his best pieces, but it was decades before the controversial scene would be performed.

'Oh, show us the way to the next whisky bar!'

9 March 2015

Weill and Brecht’s ‘Alabama Song’ has inspired covers by Marilyn Manson, a cappella groups, Serbian rock band Električni Orgazam and hundreds of others.

When opera meets pop music

5 March 2015

From David Bowie and Kelis to Jeff Buckley and Weezer, the world of pop has a passion for opera.

Experimentation, experimentation, experimentation: Über-radical opera in 1920s Germany

4 March 2015

The political situation in Germany's Weimar Republic contributed to perhaps the most wildly-creative decade in opera's history.

Listen: It may be tuneful, but Weill’s music underlines a ‘dark, cynical message’

3 March 2015

Conductor Mark Wigglesworth and mezzo-soprano Christine Rice discuss the juxtaposition of music and text in Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

Opera Essentials: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

2 March 2015

Our quick guide to Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's impassioned satire on consumerism.

‘Urban without being slangy, modern without being modish’ - The challenges of translating Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

10 December 2014

Writer and lyricist Jeremy Sams on the pressures of translating an opera.

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