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Kurt Weill Foundation E-news
June 2011

"Knickerbocker Holiday" CD coverFirst full recording of Knickerbocker Holiday
now available!

Seventy-three years after its Broadway premiere, Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s Knickerbocker Holiday can finally be heard in its first full recording, released on CD by Ghostlight Records on June 28, 2011. Although dozens of popular artists have recorded the show’s most famous hit, “September Song,” the only commercial recording of the show previously available was limited to excerpts from a 1945 radio broadcast featuring Walter Huston, Ray Middleton, and Harry Meehan, conducted by Maurice Abravanel.

Now, listeners can hear the score in its entirety, as performed by the Collegiate Chorale, the American Symphony Orchestra, and a cast of Broadway stars in the leading roles, including Victor Garber as Stuyvesant, Ben Davis as Brom, Kelli O’Hara as Tina, Bryce Pinkham as Washington Irving, David Garrison as Tienhoven, and Christopher Fitzgerald as Tenpin. Other featured performers include Michael McCormick, Brad Oscar, Steve Rosen, Brooks Ashmanskas, Jeff Blumenkrantz, and Orville Mendoza. Directed by Ted Sperling and conducted by James Bagwell, Knickerbocker Holiday was recorded live at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on January 25 and 26, 2011.

“Much of the breezy score for Knickerbocker Holiday … effervesces like a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.”
- Stephen Holden, New York Times

"[Weill’s] score is a fascinating mixture of operetta choruses, peppy vaudeville turns, gorgeous Broadway ballads, and Germanic-flavored strains, all orchestrated brilliantly by the composer himself.”
- Erik Haagensen, Back Stage

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Street Scene debuts at Dresden Semperoper

Kurt Weill’s first opera, Der Protagonist, premiered at the Dresden State Opera in 1926. Eighty-five years later and sixty-five years after its creation for Broadway, Street Scene recently debuted at Dresden’s Semperoper, the first of Weill’s American works ever to be presented there.

"Street Scene" at Dresden Semperoper. Photo: Matthias Creutziger

Street Scene opened on June 19 for a seven-performance run ending on July 3, in a German-language production conducted by Jonathan Darlington and directed by Bettina Bruinier, with a cast including Sabine Brohm (Anna Maurrant), Markus Marquardt (Frank Maurrant), Carolina Ullrich (Rose), and Simeon Esper (Sam Kaplan). The production returns in the 2011-12 season for performances on August 26, September 23 and 27, May 30 and June 3.

To coincide with the production, the Semperoper and Staatsschauspiel Dresden have presented an exhibition entitled “Silenced Voices: The expulsion of the Jews and the politically unacceptable from Dresden’s theaters from 1933 to 1945.” Now through July 13.

Learn more about Street Scene >>

Patti LuPone and Wendy Whelan in "The Seven Deadly Sins" at New York City Ballet. Photo: Paul KolnikThe Seven Deadly Sins in new stage productions

On May 11, New York City Ballet premiered a new production of Brecht and Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett and featuring Broadway legend Patti LuPone as Anna I and prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as Anna II.

New stagings are also being presented this summer at the Castleton Festival in Virginia (July 8, 15, 12) and Central City Opera in Colorado (July 9 - August 3). Castleton's Sins, conducted by Levi Hammer and directed by William Kerley, is paired with Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges. Central City's production is part of a menu of three one-acts (with Gianni Schicchi and The Breasts of Tiresias) performed in rotating repertory; John Baril conducts and Ken Cazan directs a cast led by 2011 Lotte Lenya Competition finalist Peabody Southwell as Anna I.

Learn more about The Seven Deadly Sins / Die Sieben Todsünden >>

Upcoming Performances - Highlights

L'opéra de quat' sous
Comédie française, Paris, FRANCE
Laurent Pelly, director
1-19 July

Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz at the
International Istanbul Opera Festival, TURKEY
Thomas Schulte-Michaels, director; Andreas Kowalewitz, conductor
6-7 July

One Touch of Venus
Oper Leipzig, GERMANY
Stefan Klingele, conductor
9 July

Weill Songs
Salzburg Festival, AUSTRIA
Angela Denoke, soprano; Tal Balshai, piano; Norbert Nagel, winds
17 August

Full performance calendar >>

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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., administers, promotes, and perpetuates the legacies of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya. It encourages broad dissemination and appreciation of Weill’s music through support of performances, productions, recordings, and scholarship; it fosters understanding of Weill’s and Lenya’s lives and work within diverse cultural contexts; and, building upon the legacies of both, it nurtures talent, particularly in the creation, performance, and study of musical theater in its various manifestations and media.

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