Weill busts out all over in the summer of 2016, with a number of recitals and cabarets at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and some off-season productions of stage works as well. See our performance calendar for complete listings.
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Alan Cumming, Simon Keenlyside, and Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret starring Meow Meow all will feature Weill in their offerings this summer in Edinburgh. “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs” has already blown the roof off of Café Carlyle and Carnegie Hall in New York; it runs for three solid weeks in Edinburgh and includes “How Do Humans Live?” (Second Threepenny Finale) from The Threepenny Opera. Cumming has a special affinity for this number after starring as Macheath in the Roundabout Theatre production of Threepenny back in 2006. Keenlyside doffs his usual classical and operatic stylings for a jazz and cabaret evening on 11 August featuring songs by Gershwin, Berlin, Weill and Kern. Barry Humphries (perhaps better known as his alter ego, Dame Edna Everage) brings his world-renowned Weimar Cabaret to Edinburgh on 8-9 August. A prominent Weill fan, Humphries makes sure “Pirate Jenny” and “Surabaya-Johnny” are represented on the program. For good measure, Humphries and Meow Meow will perform at Tanglewood as well, less than a week later.
Deborah Voigt, this year’s Artist in Residence, offers an “Afternoon of American Song” on 5 August, with help from members of the Glimmerglass Young Artists Program. Her slate of songs includes Weill, Sondheim, and others. Speaking of Young Artists, Brian Vu, co-First Prize Winner from the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition, serves as this year’s Kurt Weill/Lotte Lenya Young Artist at Glimmerglass. The Foundation is inaugurating a new program this year, sponsoring a Kurt Weill/Lotte Lenya Artist at Glimmerglass, an established guest artist who has won a prize in the Lenya Competition. Rising star Brian Mulligan, on hand to sing John Proctor in The Crucible, will be the first to hold the title. Both the Artist and Young Artist sponsorship programs represent a mutually rewarding collaboration between the Weill Foundation and Glimmerglass.
The redoubtable chanteuse tours extensively this summer. Her program “Last Tango in Berlin” features Weill and Brecht, as you might expect, and she brings it to Cologne, Berlin, and Cremona in July and August. Lemper will also be performing Weill songs at the Bard Festival in upstate New York and the Ventura Festival in Los Angeles in July. Click here for her summer schedule.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL
The Threepenny Opera remains onstage at the National Theatre in London after a July hiatus, with performances resuming 6 August. Opéra Eclaté tours their French-language production to festivals in Figeac and Saint-Céré, and the Berliner Ensemble brings back Robert Wilson’s long-running production 15-17 July. If you’re more attracted to Seven Deadly Sins, Nic Muni directs a production at Tanglewood on 8 August, while Cora Burggraaf sings Anna I at the Delft Chamber Music Festival on the 6th. Across the Channel, HK Gruber will sing Weill songs from Dreigroschenoper and Mahagonny with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the BBC Proms on 8 August. On 5 August, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival features the Scottish Opera Connect Company and the Opera North Youth Chorus in a double bill of Weill’s operas for students, Der Jasager and Down in the Valley. Opera Saratoga proudly presents “An Evening on Broadway” on 15 July, with participants from their young artists’ program and surprise soloists. The fun has only just begun!