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Marxist Opera

Giuseppe Pennisi was in Berlin for
the opening night of a revival of
'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'

 

Even though it is a purely Marxist work (and Marx and Lenin were put to sleep forever, several years ago), Aufstrieg und Fall Der Stadt Mahagonny ('The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'), by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, is one of the most frequently performed operas of the German repertory of the nineteen thirties. When I lived in the United States, in the seventies, I saw at least two different productions in English. In Italy, I saw productions in Roman and Neapolitan dialects. In capitalist Geneva, I attended the opening evening of the 1992-93 opera season featuring a new production of Mahagonny (in the new German critical edition) chosen for the event...

Copyright © 13 June 2012 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy

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KURT WEILL

BERTOLT BRECHT

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY

BERLIN

GERMANY

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