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News Archive, January-April 2012

Happy End

Happy End at Theater Heidelberg

This new production, directed by Philip Tiedemann, combines live actors and puppetry for a fascinating take on this Weill-Brecht classic . . .

Lenya Competition

Rising Stars Win Top Prizes in 2012 Lotte Lenya Competition

Matthew Grills, tenor, of Rochester, N.Y, won the $15,000 First Prize in the finals of the 2012 Lotte Lenya Competition . . . homepage Features New Look, New Content

Expanded News Coverage and Redesigned Home Page

We are pleased to introduce the newly revamped and enhanced Kurt Weill Foundation website . . .

Anjelica Huston

Weill's September Song on TV

Featured on NBC's Hit Show Smash

Walter Huston made "September Song" his own in 1938 when he played Stuyvesant on Knickerbocker Holiday on Broadway. Now his granddaughter carries on the family tradition . . .

Jacques Lacombe

Symphony No. 1 at Carnegie Hall

New Jersey Symphony Performs under Jacques Lacombe

Kurt Weill's Symphony No. 1 will be featured in Carnegie Hall's innovative Spring for Music Festival . . .

Mahagonny in Leipzig

Mahagonny Bows at Leipzig Opera

Five Performances in April and May

Weill and Brecht's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny returns to the city of its world premiere in 1930, conducted by Ulf Schirmer.

Lenya Competition

2012 Lenya Competition Finalists Announced

The Kurt Weill Foundation announces twelve finalists for the 2012 Lotte Lenya Competition; the judges will be Rebecca Luker, Rob Berman, and Theodore S. Chapin.


Weill's Musical Theater: Stages of Reform Published

Major Study of Weill's Career Now Available

The most comprehensive and satisfying overview yet of Weill's works for the stage, written by renowned scholar Stephen Hinton, whose engagement with Weill has lasted decades and resulted in several essential volumes, most notably the critical edition of the score and text of Die Dreigroschenoper.

Ute Lemper

Ute Lemper Tours with Vogler String Quartet

Weill Songs Featured in Program

Lemper and the Vogler Quartet embark on a North American tour in March and April 2012.


Lady in the Dark Returns to Hannover

Successful Production Remains in Repertory until 8 April 2012

REVIEW: "Under the seemingly nonchalant, never obvious direction of Matthias Davids, the performers move beautifully on the set, which is sparse but cleverly jazzed up with video. . . the Staatsorchester under Mark Rohde warms up to an elegant, variegated Weill sound." --Manuel Brug, Die Welt

Dagmar Manzel

Die sieben Todsünden at the Komische Oper in Berlin

Featuring Dagmar Manzel as Anna I and Anna II

Powerhouse director Barrie Kosky teams up with German star Dagmar Manzel for a new production of the Weill-Brecht classic, which will return to the Komische Oper in May.

Marianne Faithfull

Seven Deadly Sins at Brussels Philharmonic

Marianne Faithfull as Anna I

The Brussels Philharmonic under Fabian Gabel will perform The Seven Deadly Sins and the Symphonic Nocturne from Lady in the Dark in Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent.


Teatro Real Mahagonny Travels to Athens

Latest Destination for Hugely Successful Madrid Production

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, first staged by La Fura dels Baus in September 2010, has already been released on video and visited Moscow. Now it will have three performances in Athens with some members of the original cast . . .


Threepenny Opera at Teatro La Fenice

Final Stop for Touring Production

This production opened last summer at the Napoli Teatro Festival in Naples and has traveled to Trieste, Brindisi, Rome, and Ravenna. Staged in Italian (translation by Paolo Capriolo), it will close with five performances at Venice's storied Teatro La Fenice.

Philippe Herreweghe

Philippe Herreweghe Leads Tour of Weill Program

Das Berliner Requiem Highlights Performances in Five Cities

The Collegium Vocale Gent, I Solisti di Vento, and violin soloist Patricia Kopachinskaja perform three Weill works: Das Berliner Requiem, Vom Tod im Wald and the Violin Concerto . . .


Annual Kurt Weill Fest Dessau Begins 25 February 2012

This Year's Theme "Hommage à Paris"

FEATURES: Festival home page, with message from director Michael Kaufmann; Complete Festival program; Profile of artist in residence Ute Gfrerer; Information on symposium: "Weill und Frankreich"; Preview by Deutschland Radio


Weill Diaries Featured in New York Times

Excerpts Published in New Anthology

Kurt Weill gets a fair amount of attention for his musical and theater works, but no one ever mistook him for Samuel Pepys. Yet the new anthology, New York Diaries 1609-2009 (Modern Library, 2012) includes three short diary entries from early 1950 . . .

EMI CD cover

EMI Releases 2-CD Set of Previously Issued Weill Recordings

Orchestral Music, Theater Songs Featured

As part of its 20th Century Classics series, EMI has reissued a budget set of Weill's First and Second Symphonies (conducted by Gary Bertini) and Violin Concerto (soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann, conducted by Mariss Jansons) along with the complete album, Kurt Weill on Broadway . . .