London Philharmonic Orchestra: The Threepenny Opera

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill's vamous Threepenny Opera Mark Padmore plays Macheath, with Allison Bell as Polly Peacham and Sir John Tomlinson as Peachum.

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Programme

Weill, Kurt (1900-1950), The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper)

Artists

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor

Macheath: Mark Padmore, Tenor

Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum: John Tomlinson, Bass

Mrs Peachum: Felicity Palmer, Soprano

Polly Peachum: Allison Bell, Soprano

Tiger Brown: Nicholas Folwell, Baritone

Lucy: Gabriela Istoc, Soprano

Ted Huffman, Director

Kurt Weill never set out to write a masterpiece - instead to provoke and entertain normal people with ready, urgent music that made a relevant political point.

The Threepenny Opera, though, has proved a longstanding touchstone. A surrealistic and riotous juxtaposition of 18th-century ballad texts, European swing and dance music, plus American jazz, all conceived on an operatic scale proved as nourishing as it did provocative.

Weill's is one of those rare seminal creations that remains ever-relevant, seen here in a production led by Ted Huffman and Vladimir Jurowski, and featuring 'post-modern cabaret diva' Meow Meow - herself a phenomenon in human form who has to be seen to believed.

Performed in German with English surtitles.

The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, 6pm and 9.45pm. Foyle Future Firsts present Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel - a chance to hear Weill and Brecht's first collaboration. Free.

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall

Belvedere Road
London Greater London United Kingdom SE1 8XX