Umbertide, Teatro dei Riuniti
music by KURT WEILL and HANNS EISLER, texts by BERTOLT BRECHT
Winners of the contest “Concorso Comunità Europea 2017 per giovani cantanti lirici del Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto «A. Belli» “
Mariangela Marini Jessie • Annapaola Pinna Bessie
Amedeo Di Furia Charlie • Marco Rencinai Billy
Paolo Ciavarelli Bobby • Giordano Farina Jimmy
Corrado Valvo piano
Giorgio Sangati direction
Alberto Nonnato scenes
coproduction Festival delle Nazioni and Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto «A. Belli»
Mahagonny Songspiel takes shape in 1927 following one of the most interesting and revolutionary meetings of musical theatre history: the one between Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill.
The writer and playwriter asked Weill to produce a composition based upon some of his poetry so to obtain an experimental play, a workshop of style which years later in 1930 would become Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. It is therefore a somewhat raw material whose discontinuity some years later will lead Brecht to break with every form of scenic and perceptive continuity.
Mahagonny marks the beginning of the attempt to break apart conventions and to create a “culinary “ product . Brecht used such words to highlight the ingredients of the performance; he inaugurated a new form of addressing the audience, demanding its active role not a passive one. The absurdity of conventions leads to a surreal product.
Mahagonny Songspiel will be introduced by a prologue of songs composed by Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler and texts by Brecht