The City of Mahagonny Rises Again
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's tale of government by sinners
arrives at Los Angeles Opera this month. PHILIP KENNICOTT reveals
why this twentieth-century masterwork is so relevant to our own
era, and some of the principals in LAO's new Mahagonny
staging share their thoughts on the work.
Clockwise: Trude Hesterberg (Begbick)
and Lotte Lenya (Jenny) in the Berlin production of Aufstieg und
Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, 1931; playwright Brecht; composer
Weill; a rehearsal for the premiere of the Mahagonny
Songspiel in Baden-Baden, 1927
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