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Kurt Weill Foundation E-news
March 2011

Kurt Weill Fest 2011Kurt Weill Fest 2011

Critical Edition of
Der Protagonist
Premieres in Dessau

Each year in Weill’s hometown of Dessau, Germany, the Kurt Weill Fest celebrates Weill with a festival of concerts, stage productions, films, lectures, and exhibitions. Now in its 19th year, the 2011 Kurt Weill Fest kicks off a three-year plan to focus on each of the main periods of Weill’s life and work: Berlin (1918-1933) this year, Paris (1933-1935) in 2012, and New York (1935-1950) in 2013. Here are some highlights of the 2011 festival, which runs through 13 March:
  • Der Protagonist – The premiere of the critical edition of Weill’s first opera opened the festival on 25 February. Presented by the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau on a double bill with I Pagliacci, the production is directed by André Bücker and conducted by Antony Hermus and runs through 28 May.
Angus Wood and Iordanka Derilova in "Der Protagonist". Photo: Claudia HeyselWeill achieved a spectacular breakthrough as a composer when Der   Protagonist premiered in Dresden in 1926, and he immediately rose to prominence among the young composers identified at the time with the renewal of the "crisis-ridden genre" of opera. With a libretto by Expressionist playwright Georg Kaiser, the one-act opera tells the story of a passionate actor whose jealousy and inability to distinguish reality from illusion results in the tragic murder of his sister.
  • Zaubernacht - After the September 2010 premiere of the critical edition at the Musikfest Stuttgart, Tanztheater Nina Kurzeja/Arte Ensemble Hannover bring their critically acclaimed production of Weill’s children’s pantomime to Dessau on 5 March.
Scene from "Zaubernacht". Photo: Holger SchneiderZaubernacht is an hour-long stage work scored for solo soprano and a nine-piece ensemble. Based on a scenario by Wladimir Boritsch, the plot involves two children falling asleep in their bedroom. At midnight a Toy Fairy appears and awakens all the toys with her song, and the toys interact with the dreaming children in a series of follies and dances.
  • One Touch of Venus – A revival of the successful 2010 Anhaltisches Theater Dessau production will be presented on 3 March.
  • Rebecca Jo Loeb and Alen Hodzovic“It Takes Two” – An evening of Weill’s theater songs will be performed by Lotte Lenya Competition winners Rebecca Jo Loeb and Alen Hodzovic on 3 March.
  • Concert performances by the MDR Symphony Orchestra (4 March), the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau (10-11 March), and Artists-in-Residence Ensemble Modern, conducted by HK Gruber (13 March).

Upcoming Performances - Highlights

Nanna’s Lied
San Francisco Ballet, USA
Ten songs of Kurt Weill performed as the ballet “Nanna’s Lied”; Helgi Tomasson, choreographer
24 February – 9 March

The Music of Kurt Weill
Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, USA
Ute Lemper with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
3 - 5 March

Driestuiversopera (The Threepenny Opera)
Het Nationale Toneel with Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, NETHERLANDS
Franz Marijnen, director
8 March - 19 June (59-date tour)

Der Silbersee
Staatstheater Hannover, GERMANY
Lars-Ole Walburg, director; Thomas Posth, conductor
19  March - 19 April

Weill songs
New York Philharmonic, USA
Kelli O’Hara, soprano; Nathan Gunn, baritone
21 March

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Oper Köln, Cologne, GERMANY
Katharina Thalbach, director
23 March – 8 April

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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