Royal Opera

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

In Cinemas 22, 23, 24 & 27 May 2015
Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Anne Sofie von Otter, Peter Hoare, Willard W. White, Kurt Streit, Christine Rice
Kurt Weill
John Fulljames
Set Design
Es Devlin
3h10 incl interval
Sung in English
Captured live from Covent Garden, London 1 Apr 2015

The first ever Royal Opera staging of the great Brecht/Weill opera satirising the pursuit of money and pleasure. Weill's eclectic, jazz-infused score was heavily influenced by ragtime music. Its best-known melody, 'Alabama Song', has been kept alive in popular culture through cover versions by such artists as Ute Lemper, The Doors and David Bowie. This exhilarating new staging by John Fulljames features a superb cast as the dubious denizens of the fictional pleasure city of Mahagonny including Kurt Streit as the wild lumberjack Jimmy, with Christine Rice as his sweetheart Jenny and Anne Sofie von Otter as the cunning Leokadja Begbick.

Screening presented by British actor Paterson Joseph, who also makes his Royal Opera House debut in this production as Voice.