play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel
Royal Opera House

Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny

This show has now closed, however you may also be interested in:

About the Show Less...

John Fulljames brings a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's furiously impassioned operatic satire on consumerism to the Royal Opera House. Read More >

John Fulljames brings a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s furiously impassioned operatic satire on consumerism to the Royal Opera House.

Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny tells the story of three criminals on the run who find they can go no further and found Mahagonny, a city of gold. The destitute and the disenchanted flock to Mahagonny, including prostitute Jenny and lumberjack Jim Mahoney with his three friends.

One of the most fruitful and shortest musical collaborations of the 20th century, Brecht and Weill enjoyed great success with Mahagonny Songspiel in 1927, which encouraged the pair to adapt it into a full-length opera.

However, progress stalled as the two men’s theories began developing in deeply divergent directions. While Brecht was eager to pursue the disjointed effect of his theories of epic theatre, Weill looked for ways to unify very different styles of music. Concerns from the publishers and, later, producers over the work’s ‘depravity’ further increased the disruption, leading to the riot at the opera’s premiere on 9 March 1930 that marked the beginning of the end of Weill’s career in Germany.

The troubled development of the piece adds to the work’s extraordinary power as one of the most unsettling and provocative of all operas.

The production is directed by the Royal Opera’s Associate Director of Opera, Fulljames, and features designs by Olivier Award winner Es Devlin (Don Giovanni, Les Troyens).

Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny is sung in English with surtitles.

Learn more about London operas within the West End.

Less...

Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 10/03/2015

Closing Night: 04/04/2015

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Cast & Creative

Cast

Anne Sofie Von Otter, Peter Hoare, Willard W White, Christine Rice, Kurt Streit, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, Darren Jeffery, Neal Davies, Hubert Francis, Sergey Levitin

Creative

Director - John Fulljames

Producer - The Royal Opera

Conductor - Mark Wigglesworth

Lighting Designer - Bruno Poet

Movement Director - Arthur Pita

Set Designer - Es Devlin

Author - Bertolt Brecht

Music By - Kurt Weill

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

Unlike film, there is currently no official age classification organisation for theatre. All age recommendations are subjective and should be interpreted as guidelines unless otherwise stated. It's the responsibility of the patron to judge the show’s suitability in advance of purchase. We recommend contacting us at oltenquiries@seetickets.com if you are in any doubt.