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.

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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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