Thursday 11 Jul 2019, 8pmGrand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Weill The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

It is an allegory about life today. The principle character is the city. It comes to life starting from man’s needs and mans needs are responsible for its grandeur and its decadence.”

Kurt Weill: Remarks regarding my opera Mahagonny, 1930

Fight, drink, fuck: everything is allowed in Mahagonny. Everybody can purchase his part of happiness in this artificial paradise founded right in the middle of the desert by three crooks on the run. But beware of liberal minded thinkers who would like to shatter this illusion… With Mahagonny, Brecht paints a vitriolic picture of a capitalist world built on crime and debauchery, whereas Weill opens the opera with the glistening sounds of jazz and cabaret songs. A resolutely iconoclastic work of which the political and social significance remains contemporary is particularly fitting for the stage director Ivo van Hove for his first highly awaited collaboration with the conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.