The Royal Opera - Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Reviews
4 June 2020
Kurt Streit (Jimmy), Christine Rice (Jenny)
Peter Hoare (Fatty), Willard White (Trinity Moses)
Neal Davies (Alaskawolfe Joe), Willard White (Trinity Moses)
General scene
Anne Sofie Von Otter (Leocadia Begbick)

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Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

The Royal Opera


No. of reviews: 25

As professional as you would expect from the Royal Opera House
8 Apr 15 / Opera Journal
A fascinating, yet flawed work
6 Apr 15 / Planet Hugill
God save 'Amerika'!
25 Mar 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Slick and energetic – but unsuited to the Royal Opera House
20 Mar 15 / New Statesman
John Fulljames’s new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's satirical opera is bold and impactful
20 Mar 15 / Classical-music.com
Far too well behaved
19 Mar 15 / The Spectator
Worth it for Wigglesworth’s excellent musical direction
18 Mar 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
At long last, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny has come to the Royal Opera House
17 Mar 15 / Boulezian
The star of Royal Opera’s Mahagonny is Es Devlin’s set
16 Mar 15 / The Observer
Brecht and Weill’s timeless fable of capitalist greed rises to a denouement of biblical grandeur
14 Mar 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
Heady soundworld of Weill/Brecht’s Mahagonny recreated at Covent Garden
13 Mar 15 / Seen and Heard
This excellent production skillfully points up contemporary resonances
12 Mar 15 / Evening Standard
Toothless, docile and soporific
12 Mar 15 / Telegraph
It never gets the tone right
12 Mar 15 / The Guardian
The cast has all the components for a great production
12 Mar 15 / Express
Kurt Weill's operatic collaboration with Bertolt Brecht makes it to Covent Garden at last
12 Mar 15 / What's on Stage
The house has done it proud
12 Mar 15 / Music OMH
A sparky production by the Royal Opera House
12 Mar 15 / Independent
Operatic city Of sin comes to Covent Garden
12 Mar 15 / Londonist
Musically, it was very slick and sophisticated
12 Mar 15 / Classical Source
yet another new production in Bow Street entrusted to one of Holten’s homies that delivers nothing worth watching
12 Mar 15 / Opera Britannia
At long last, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny has come to the Royal Opera House.
12 Mar 15 / Opera Today
John Fulljames’ new staging of the Brecht/Weill opera cannot disguise the fact that the work itself is a period piece
12 Mar 15 / The Stage
A heaven of hell, a hell of heaven
12 Mar 15 / Bachtrack
London "Mahagonny" sticks to message - man is own worst enemy
11 Mar 15 / Reuters
Mahagonny: the opera that Hitler hated
Brecht and Weill's Mahagonny has had a troubled history. Rupert Christiansen wonders whether the Royal Opera House's new production can lift the curse.
When Brecht met Weill: a dazzling but doomed partnership
The time is right for Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s forgotten Weimar opera, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, to return to the stage.
'With money you can be in a position to laugh at those in power"
Opera star Sir Willard White opens up about his role and the message of Royal Opera’s first staging of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
Production details
Cast
von Otter, White, Hoare, Streit, Jeffrey, Davies, Rice, Francis, Lloyd-Roberts
(c) Wigglesworth (d) Fulljames
Performance dates
1, 4, 10, 12, 14, 24, 28(m) April 2015
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