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. 

creative team

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.

Cast list

​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.