Mahagonny Songspiel and Conversations with Fear and Hope after Death

March 30 – April 2, 1989

Alternate Title BAM Opera: Mahagonny Songspiel (Das Kleine Mahagonny) / Conversations with Fear and Hope after Death
Production Language English;German
Country of Origin United States
Description Mahagonny Songspiel (Das Kleine Mahagonny): Music by Kurt Weill, Text by Bertolt Brecht, English Translation by Timothy S. Mayer
Conversations with Fear and Hope after Death: Excerpts from six cantatas (Nos. 20, 33, 60, 76 127,139) "The Christmas Oratorio" and "Orgelbüchlein" by J.S. Bach.
Lust, greed and decadence spill forth from Weill's chamber opera "Little Mahagonny," the precursor to his three-act opera "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny." Then following the unsavory with the spiritual, director Peter Sellars builds on the intense faith expressed in the Bach cantatas and the "Christmas Oratorio" to resolve Brecht's themes of murder and judgement with redemption and rebirth.
Identifier 1989s.00459
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
composerKurt Weill
conductorCraig Smith
lighting designerJohn F. Ingalls
playwrightBertolt Brecht