Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns


Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

Kurt Weill (1900 - 1950)

From 21/09/2011 in Ghent - from 05/10/2011 in Antwerp

  • Yannis Pouspourikas
  • Calixto Bieito
  • Noëmi Nadelmann
  • John Daszak
  • Leandra Overmann
  • Claudio Otelli
  • Musical direction: Yannis Pouspourikas
  • Director: Calixto Bieito
  • Jenny Hill: Noëmi Nadelmann
  • Jim Mahoney: John Daszak
  • Leokadja Begbick: Leandra Overmann
  • Dreieinigkeitsmoses: Claudio Otelli

Biting satire on capitalism

Three fugitive criminals found the city of Mahagonny in the desert, which is really a snare and money pit. Goal: make as much money as possible off other people and gather a fortune without working. Mahagonny wants to be paradise city, a place of unbridled enjoyment, a symbolic caricature of absolute freedom. During the threat of a hurricane there is total anarchy, turning the promised heaven into a living hell. Bertold Brecht translated the text for a wide public; Kurt Weill complemented it with jazzy music and parodies of classics.

Coproduction with Oper Graz.

Attention: due to copyrights Mahagonny's libretto exceptionally cannot be published in the programme.


Language: German. Surtitles: Dutch.

Tickets from € 10.00 to € 95.00


Brecht and Weill were a successful opera duo until both artists had to flee Nazi-Germany. Mahagonny was their last piece together. Sensational Spanish theatre director Calixto Bieito is directing this satire and house conductor Yannis Pouspourikas is in charge of the music. Audience favourites from previous seasons such as: Noemi Nadelmann (Marie from Wozzeck) and Leandra Overmann (Ljubov from Mazeppa) share the stage with newcomer John Daszak, one of Engeland's most versatile tenors, to name but one.



Mahagonny: preview
Warm-Up Mahagonny


Fragmenten uit Mahagonny (Universal Edition)



  • CD

    Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg / Heinz Sauerbaum / Lotte Lenya / e.a.
    NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg
    Sony  88697856212

  • BOOK

    Kurt Weill – Composer in a Divided World

    Ronald Taylor
    Simon & Schuster, London, 1991

    Een meeslepend geschreven biografie van Kurt Weill die de dubbele carrière van de componist  in Duitsland en de States op een bijzonder heldere manier uit de doeken doet.

  • DVD

    Dennis Russell Davies / Peter Zadek / Jerry Hadley / Catherine Malfitano e.a.
    Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
    Arthaus Musik 100092

  • BOOK

In the press

  • 07 Dec 2011 - Opera

    John Daszak’s firm, focused tenor was ideal for Jim's night-time railing against the coming of the light before his trail, and Noemi Nadelmann (Jenny) gave a splendid lead to her sextet of whores for the famous ‘Alabama Song’. Among the smaller roles, William Berger’s Bill made the biggest impression, his fine, tawny baritone a particular delight.

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