SATURDAY | 10.03.2018
4:00 p.m., Opera in the
Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
The Threepenny Opera
Music by Kurt Weill
Text by Bertolt Brecht
Production and design: Ezio Toffolutti
Musical direction: GMD Markus L. Frank
Guests and ensemble of the Anhaltisches Theatre
Anhaltische Philharmonic Orchestra
If the aim of this year's Kurt Weill Festival is to bring "Weill on stage!", then one essential work – alongside Lady in the Dark, the composer's most successful Broadway musical, (see V48) – is, of course, The Threepenny Opera. In Europe regarded as the epitome of Weill's work for the stage, in the New World some of the Threepenny songs enjoy a similar level of popularity as the evergreens which the composer wrote in American exile.
As a true "classic", The Threepenny Opera offers fresh artistic challenges to each new generation. For this reason alone, any new production will always be a thrilling event. And when a director such as Ezio Toffolutti takes on this epochal work, we are ensured a veritable highlight of this year's Kurt Weill Festival! Born in Venice in 1944, Toffolutti studied painting and stage design before moving to East Berlin to take up a position at the famed Volksbühne theatre. His collaboration with directors such as Benno Besson, Harry Kupfer and Katharina Thalbach opened the doors to numerous major theatrical and opera stages as well as internationally renowned festivals. Since 1983, the award-winning artist has also assumed the director's mantle.
For Toffolutti's new production of The Threepenny Opera, the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau has engaged beloved performers such as Andrea Eckert and Matthias Mosbach.
A production of the Anhaltischen Theatre Dessau
with the Kurt Weill Fest
again on 02.03.2018 - V18