The 2016/17 season offers many exciting performances of Weill’s and Blitzstein’s music, featuring hits and rarities, performed by the world’s leading ensembles and soloists.
- The Flight of Lindbergh in St. Louis
The season gets off to a flying start on 16 & 17 September when the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
presents Weill and Brecht’s innovative The Flight of Lindbergh
) on its season opening concert.
This cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra, originally composed for the radio in 1929, celebrates Lindbergh’s historic 1927 solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. The Flight of Lindbergh
is right at home in the city which lent its name to Lindbergh’s single-engine, single-man airplane, the Spirit of St. Louis.
SLSO Music Director David Robertson conducts, with tenor Clark Sturdevant singing Lindbergh, Jeffrey Heyl as baritone soloist, and radio host Charlie Brennan (The Charlie Brennan Show on KMOX) as the Narrator. Amy Kaiser directs the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. The work will be performed in English.
Fans of the sordid and irreverent are in luck this season, with seven productions of The Seven Deadly Sins
coming up throughout North America and Europe.Virginia Opera
’s season opens with seven performances in three cities, 30 September through 16 October, in a fully-staged production directed by Keturah Stickann, starring Ute Gfrerer as Anna I and Gabrielle Zucker as Anna II. VA Opera Principal Conductor Adam Turner, recipient of the inaugural Julius Rudel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellowship, leads the orchestra.
Two performances follow almost immediately in the UK—first the BBC Scottish Symphony
in Glasgow on 20 October (Measha Brueggergosman as Anna I); and then the BBC Symphony Orchestra
in London, 23 November (Storm Large, Anna I). Other performances: the Detroit Symphony
, 2 & 3 December (Large); Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
, 22 January (Large); Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
, 4 May (Tora Augestad, Lenya Competition prizewinner); and Toronto Symphony
, 14 June (Wallis Giunta).
Well-known and rarely-heard works of Marc Blitzstein also feature on this season’s calendar. The Orchestra Now
, a program of Bard College, performs Orchestra Variations
at New York City’s Rose Theater, 6 November, conducted by Leon Botstein.
Radio host Guy Livingston will release a Podcast exploring Blitzstein’s life and music as part of his American Highways
series. The four-part, four-hour radio documentary will be broadcast on ConcertZender Radio in the Netherlands and distributed on the WFMT radio network in the US in October. Listen to a preview here.
Even more prescient during this election year, Blitzstein’s attack on the plutocracy, The Cradle Will Rock
, will be seen in several productions, including: Kent State University, 21-25 September; Cast Aside Productions (Portland, ME), 14-23 October; Boston University, 13-18 December; Connecticut College, 4-5 March; Ithaca College, 1-8 April. These performances, all with piano accompaniment, point toward the major Blitzstein event of the season next summer, when Opera Saratoga presents the work as it was originally intended–fully staged, with the original orchestration. Opera Saratoga Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson directs, with John Mauceri conducting, 9-16 July, 2017. Visit the official Marc Blitzstein
website for more information.
Other performances to look forward to this fall include Lost in the Stars
at Highbury Opera Theatre in London, 17-19 October; Violin Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic
in Manchester, UK, 5 November; Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
directed by Graham Vick, at the Royal Danish Theatre
, 20 November through March 5. Later in the season, the New York Philharmonic
ushers in the new year with three performances of Kleine Dreigroschenmusik
, 5-7 January.The Threepenny Opera
continues its run at London’s National Theatre
, through October 1, and will be broadcast to movie theatres around the world beginning on September 22. To find a screening at a theater near you, visit the NT Live website.
To see the complete list of performances coming up this season, view the performance calendar.