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Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Digital Programme

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Supported by Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Opera Essentials

A quick guide to The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

The Story

A full synopsis for this production

Production photographs

A gallery of photographs of the production

Watch: Willard W. White, Anne Sofie von Otter and Peter on Mahagonny

Exclusive film: Willard W. White, Anne Sofie von Otterand Peter Hoare discuss their characters and the Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Watch: Kurt Streit and Christine Rice

Exclusive film: Kurt Streit (Jimmy) and Christine Rice (Jenny) discuss their characters in the opera

The rise and rise of the ‘Alabama Song’

Weill and Brecht’s song has inspired the Doors, David Bowie, Serbian rock group Električni Orgazam and hundreds of others.

'After that, the revolution starts'

Christopher Wintle introduces the work that caused such a storm with its first performances, and is revived this Season by The Royal Opera

Containers Contained

In John Fulljames's production, Mahagonny is a city built from shipping containers. Skye Thomas responds to this striking metaphor

'Accumulate, Accumulate!'

Terrell Carver takes a look at the revolutionary thought behind Brecht's libretto for the opera

Musical Highlights

Ten musical highlights from the opera

Forever Loser: Mahagonny in the Ring

The boxing match between Joe and Trinity Moses leaves the opera one man down. Alex Bennett considers the violence of Mahagonny

Director John Fulljames on Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Watch: Will Self live streaming event

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Biographies

Production team, Conductor and principal singers for this production

Information

Collaboration between the Royal College of Art and the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera’s Associate Director John Fulljames invited students from the RCA’s MA programme in Critical Writing to explore his production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Here are some of the results.