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Maxed out opera and wild partying when Folkoperan and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern stage The Threepenny Opera.
A new translation of Brecht and Weill’s classic work The Threepenny Opera opens at Folkoperan on 11 September 2019. The opera is a co-production between Folkoperan and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern that provides space for an exciting mix of opera singers, actors, dancers and burlesque performers. On stage will be Lennart Jähkel, Sanna Gibbs, Maja Rung and others. From a stage that extends right out into the lounge and foyer, audiences will be invited into Mack the Knife's treacherous world of violence, deceit and desire. It promises a wild and titillating party atmosphere that is both irresistible and unmissable. But at whose expense?
“The Threepenny Opera revolves around human desire as a constant driving force. We want to explore this crooked, decadent and brutal reality to lay bare the structures of society – really getting back to Brecht,” says Mellika Melouani Melani, director and artistic director of Folkoperan.
Photo: Matilda Rahm
The cast is a mix of Kulturhuset Stadsteatern actors, freelance opera singers, dancers and burlesque performers. Musical director and conductor Jonas Nydesjö has assembled thirteen musicians from different genres in an orchestra that will provide the accompaniment to the performance.
“With such a diverse range of singers, musicians and actors, we can take everything to the very limit, which is what this entertaining but uneven opera needs. The result is a blend of 1920s German couplets, tango and foxtrot with baroque coloraturas and opera parodies. An opera singer has the muscles to take this to an entirely new level. And this has never been done before, to my knowledge,” says Melani.
The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill is one of the most popular and most performed works in the stage repertoire. It is based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera from 1728 and was a big success from the very first performance in Berlin in 1928. Brecht was a touch concerned about the popularity of the music, however, as he feared it would overshadow the political message. His famous quote “Food comes first and then morality” encompasses the work’s critique of materialism and capitalist society.
Music: Kurt Weill
Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht
Swedish text: Magnus Lindman
Musical Direction: Jonas Nydesjö
Conductors: Jonas Nydesjö, Marit Strindlund
Direction: Mellika Melouani Melani
Set Design & Costumes: Alex Tarraguël
Lighting Design: Joonas Tikkanen
Masks and Wigs Design: Johanna Ruben
Choreography: Tine Matulessy
Dramatists: Sofia Fredén and Magnus Lindman.
Mr Peachum: Sven Ahlström
Mrs Peachum: Karolina Blixt
Polly, their daughter: Maja Rung
Mack the Knife: Fredrik Lycke
Jenny: Richard Hamrin
Tiger Brown, Chief of Police: Lennart Jähkel
Lucy, his daughter: Sanna Gibbs
Filch, beggar: Peter Gardiner
Rev. Kimball: Peter Gardiner
Smith, Police Officer: Peter Gardiner
Ready Money Matt: Angelika Prick
Weeping Willow Walter: Sofia Södergård
Crook-Finger Jake: Malin Ehlin
Bob the Saw: Lidia Bäck
Jimmie: Linn Oscarsson
Ede: Andreas Hammarström
Whores: Lidia Bäck, Malin Ehlin
The Folkoperan Orchestra
The Threepenny Opera opens at Folkoperan on 11 September 2019.
Runs until 30 November.
The Threepenny Opera is a Folkoperan and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern co-production.
Tickets can be bought at the Folkoperan website and the Folkoperan box office at Hornsgatan 72.