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Little Mahagonny
PREMIERE7/17/1927 — Music festival, Baden-Baden
COMPOSERKurt Weill   
LIBRETTISTBertolt Brecht   
Florentine Opera Company
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DATETIMELOCATION
5/07/20217:30 PMUihlein Hall, Marcus Performing Arts Center
Milwaukee, WI
Synopsis
Mahagonny-Songspiel, also known as The Little Mahagonny, is a "small-scale 'scenic cantata'" written by the composer Kurt Weill and the dramatist Bertolt Brecht in 1927. Weill was commissioned in the spring to write one of a series of very short operas for performance that summer, and he chose to use the opportunity to create a "stylistic exercise" as preparation for a larger-scale project that they had begun to develop together (the two had met for the first time in March), their experimental 'epic opera' The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (1930).
MOST PRODUCED SINCE 2000
RANKTITLEPRODUCTIONS
396Little Mahagonny2
396A Florentine Tragedy2
396A Grand Night for Singing2
396A Month in the Country2
396A Water Bird Talk2
396Acquanetta2
This work ranks as the #162 most produced North American title since 2000.
Alternate Titles/Spellings
Mahagonny Songspiel
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