Summer 2017


New Production of The Cradle Will Rock Makes Its Own Headlines


Ginger Costa-Jackson as Moll. Photo credit: Gary David Gold, for Opera Saratoga
Opera Saratoga’s new production of Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock opened 9 July, and has quickly garnered attention for the work’s enduring relevance 80 years after its legendary premiere. In the New York Times, Joshua Barone discusses the work’s timelessness in “a year when political messages onstage are under acute scrutiny, and when the show’s themes are as present in the news as ever. A case about unions’ rights has once again arrived at the Supreme Court. The latest woes of a Pennsylvania steel town were recently on the front page of The New York Times. 'Cradle' even has a song about fake news."

Further Reading:
Conductor John Mauceri on Blitzstein’s legacy: Putting the Baby Back in the Cradle
La Scena Musicale: At Opera Saratoga, New Hands Rock Blitzstein’s Cradle
Albany Times Union: Opera Saratoga Performance a Moment in History & Review
Interview with director Lawrence Edelson and John Mauceri on WMHT Radio

Only two performances left, 13 and 16 July. And in case you miss seeing it live, Opera Saratoga has announced plans for a commercial recording of their landmark production!
Summer Performances


Conductor Lahav Shani. Photo credit: Marco Borggreve
Brevard Music Center’s Kurt Weill celebration continues with performances throughout July when the Brevard Festival Orchestra performs The Seven Deadly Sins and selections from Weill’s Broadway shows 12 July, with Lisa Vroman as soloist and conducted by Keith Lockhart. Other highlights include a scholarly symposium, 10-12 July, and Kleine Dreigroschenmusik performed by the Brevard Symphonic Winds, conducted by Kraig Alan Williams, 4 August. The Festival’s Janiec Opera Company presents two fully staged performances of Street Scene, directed by Dean Anthony and conducted by Robert Moody, 27 and 29 July.

Conductor Lahav Shani continues to champion Symphony No. 2, with two performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, 16 August at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and 22 August in Rotterdam. Violinist and conductor John Storgårds performs the Violin Concerto with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 14 August. Marcelo Lombardero’s production of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny takes the stage at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, for five performances 22-29 August.

For the complete list of performances coming up this summer, view the performance calendar on​

Mid-Year Grants
Following its 1 June deadline, the Kurt Weill Foundation has awarded the following midyear grants:

University/College Performance:
Bowdoin College, The Threepenny Opera

Professional Performance:
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Symphony No. 1
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Symphony No. 2
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The Seven Deadly Sins

ConcertZender Radio, radio documentary on Lotte Lenya
Opera Saratoga, cast album of The Cradle Will Rock
Praise for Johnny Johnson in Chicago


Photo Credit: Chicago Folks Operetta
Johnny Johnson is the surprise hit of the summer in Chicago! Chicago Folks Operetta’s production, which ran 24 June through 9 July, captured the hearts of audiences and critics alike. The Chicago Tribune called it “one of the summer’s can’t-miss theater events.”

Further Reading:
Chicago Sun-Times: Dated style by timely themes at war in Kurt Weill’s “Johnny Johnson”
Chicago Reader: Chicago Folks Operetta mounts the Chicago premiere of a landmark work by Kurt Weill

​Upcoming Performances
​​Street Scene
Brevard Music Center: Janiec Opera Company.
27 and 29 July

The Seven Deadly Sins
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Chryssy Tintner, director; Sarah Black, choreographer; Roger Benedict, conductor; Jessica Aszodi, Anna I
5 August

Violin Concerto
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 
John Storgårds, conductor and violin
14 August

Symphony No. 2
Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest 
Lahav Shani, conductor
16 August

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Teatro Colón 
Marcelo Lombardero, director; Facundo Agudín, conductor
29 August

Symphony No. 2
Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest 
Lahav Shani, conductor
22 August

KWF Performance Calendar