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Weill - The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 April 2012

Today's Opera Matinee is Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in a performance from the Vienna State Opera. There's money to be made in the Alaskan gold fields, so three fugitives decide to set up a pleasure city to attract bored men from the big cities. Weill's satirical Brecht-based opera stars Angelika Kirchschlager as the prostitute Jenny.

Plus the BBC Philharmonic with operatic music composed at almost exactly the same time (around 1930) by the Italian composer Alfredo Casella, a pupil of Faure.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

2pm
Kurt Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Leocadia Begbick, a fugitive ..... Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano),
Dreieinigkeitsmoses (Trinity Moses) ..... Tomasz Konieczny (baritone),
Fatty der Prokurist (Fatty, The Bookkeeper) ..... Herwig Pecoraro (tenor),
Jimmy Mahoney ..... Christopher Ventris (tenor),
Sparbuchsen Billy (Bank Account Billy) ..... Clemens Unterreiner (baritone),
Jacob Schmidt, Jimmy's friend ..... Norbert Ernst (tenor),
Alaska Wolf Joe, Jimmy's friend ..... Il Hong (bass),
Jenny Smith, a prostitute ..... Angelika Kirchschlager (soprano),
Toby Higgins ..... Wolfram Igor Derntl (tenor).
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,
Ingo Metzmacher.

4.15pm
Casella: La Donna serpente, Symphonic Fragments 1
BBC Philharmonic,
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

Music Played

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Kurt Weill
    00:00

    Kurt Weill Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny - opera in 3 acts

    Performer: Angelika KIRCHSCHLAGER - Contralto Performer: Christopher VENTRIS - Tenor Performer: Clemens UNTERREINER - Bass Performer: Elisabeth KULMAN - Contralto Performer: Herwig PECORARO - Tenor Performer: Il Hong - Main Artist Performer: Ingo METZMACHER - Director Performer: Norbert ERNST - Tenor Performer: Tomasz KONIECZNY - Bass Performer: Wolfram Igor Derntl Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Image for Alfredo Casella
    02:07

    Alfredo Casella La Donna serpente - symphonic fragments (1st series)

    Conductor: Gianandrea NOSEDA Performer: BBC Philharmonic

  • Tomasz Konieczny (Dreieinigkeitsmoses), Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

    Tomasz Konieczny (Dreieinigkeitsmoses), Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

  • Herwig Pecoraro (Fatty), Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick), Tomasz Konieczny (Dreieinigkeitsmoses)

    Herwig Pecoraro (Fatty), Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick), Tomasz Konieczny (Dreieinigkeitsmoses)

  • Clemens Unterreiner, Il Hong, Christopher Ventris, Norbert Ernst

    Clemens Unterreiner, Il Hong, Christopher Ventris, Norbert Ernst

  • Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill)

    Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill)

  • Herwig Pecoraro (Fatty), Tomasz Konieczny (Dreieinigkeitsmoses)

    Herwig Pecoraro (Fatty), Tomasz Konieczny (Dreieinigkeitsmoses)

  • Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

    Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

  • Cast

    Cast

  • Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill), Clemens Unterreiner (Sparbüchsenbill)

    Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill), Clemens Unterreiner (Sparbüchsenbill)

  • Christopher Ventris, Angelika Kirchschlager, Clemens Unterreiner

    Christopher Ventris, Angelika Kirchschlager, Clemens Unterreiner

  • Christopher Ventris (Jim Mahoney)

    Christopher Ventris (Jim Mahoney)

  • Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill)

    Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill)

  • Heinz Zednik (Faktotum)

    Heinz Zednik (Faktotum)

  • Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

    Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

  • Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill)

    Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill)

  • Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

    Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

  • Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill)

    Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill)

  • Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

    Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

  • Cast

    Cast

  • Cast

    Cast

  • Cast

    Cast

  • Cast

    Cast

  • Cast

    Cast

  • Ildikó Raimondi, Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill), Juliette Mars, Monika Bohinec

    Ildikó Raimondi, Angelika Kirchschlager (Jenny Hill), Juliette Mars, Monika Bohinec

  • Tomasz Konieczny (Dreieinigkeitsmoses)

    Tomasz Konieczny (Dreieinigkeitsmoses)

  • Heinz Zednik (Regisseur der Bühne)

    Heinz Zednik (Regisseur der Bühne)

  • Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

    Elisabeth Kulman (Leokadja Begbick)

  • Christopher Ventris (Jim Mahoney)

    Christopher Ventris (Jim Mahoney)

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