L’Académie de l’Opéra National de Paris
Brings to France a Taste of Street Scene

“The Ice Cream Sextet” in rehearsal in Paris. Photo: Vincent Lappartient.


In April, the Academy of l’Opéra national de Paris brought a striking assembly of young talent to a presentation of excerpts from Weill’s Street Scene. The performances took place at the venue MC93 in Bobigny, with direction by Ted Huffman in a semi-staged format employing costumes and active movement on a roughly oval stage, with the orchestra pit in the middle and audience on two sides. The collection of excerpts was assembled to maintain the narrative structure of the full work but with a duration of less than two hours.

Writing in concertclassic.com, Pierre-René Serna lauds the work as “a strong and gritty piece, very much in the spirit of this extraordinary composer.” From a cast driven by “unquestionable enthusiasm,” Serna singles out for special praise the singers portraying the four central characters: baritone Ihor Mostovoi (Frank Maurrant), tenor Kevin Punnackal (Sam), soprano Teona Todua (Rose) “for her beautiful lyricism,” and soprano Margarita Polonskaya (Anna Maurrant) “for her magnificent vocal outpouring.” Emmanuelle Saulnier-Cassia observes in Un Fauteuil pour L’Orchestre that, despite the tragic plot, “as with Bernstein’s West Side Story much later, Kurt Weill’s brilliant music, energetically conducted by conductor Yshani Perinpanayagam, sweeps away all melancholy in its path.” She concludes, in short: “… a work that we should see more often…”

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Featured Upcoming Events

11 May – Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Staatsoper Stuttgart (Cornelius Meister, conductor; Ulrike Schwab, director)

Young performers from the Stuttgart ensemble join with director Ulrike Schwab for an Aufstieg that “explores the question: Who would still dare to dream of a better future today?” Stuttgart Generalmusikdirektor Cornelius Meister conducts. Also 15, 26, 28 May and 1, 8, 11, 29 June.

16 May – Fantaisie symphonique (Symphony No. 2)
Symphoniker Hamburg (Sylvain Cambreling, conductor)
Another performance for one of Weill’s most ascendant works today, his second symphony or Fantaisie symphonique.

23 May – Symphonic Nocturne from Lady in the Dark
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Fabien Gabel, conductor)
In 1949, Robert Russell Bennett devised this concert suite for symphony orchestra based on themes from Weill’s 1941 Broadway show Lady in the Dark. This performance in Birmingham marks yet another entry in a recent trend among major orchestras.

31 May – Die sieben Todsünden
Norwegian Opera and Ballet (Hanne Tømta, director; Georgie Rose, choreographer; Eli Kristin Hanssveen, Anna I; Ida Haugen, Anna II)

The Seven Deadly Sins was Hanne Tømta’s directorial debut at the Oslo Opera House, originally performed in front of cameras due to the onset of the pandemic.  Now it can be performed live. The stark, dark production was described by Aksel Tollåli in Aftenposten as “delightfully sinful, but also brutal in both song and movement.” Also 2, 4, and 7 June.

For a full listing of upcoming events, view the Kurt Weill events calendar.

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