The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Salzburg Festival)

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Three criminals - Fatty, Trinity-Moses and Mrs. Begbick -- on the lam from the police found the city of Mahagonny in a desolate area in America. Erecting the "Here-You-May-Do-Anything Inn," they dedicate the city to the hedonistic ideal of doing anything you want (as long as you have the means to pay for it). A group of prostitutes, which includes the young Jenny, quickly sets up shop in Mahagonny, and a quartet of lumberjacks come to sample their wares. One of these men, Jim, falls in love with Jenny. Mahagonny ...
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Three criminals - Fatty, Trinity-Moses and Mrs. Begbick -- on the lam from the police found the city of Mahagonny in a desolate area in America. Erecting the "Here-You-May-Do-Anything Inn," they dedicate the city to the hedonistic ideal of doing anything you want (as long as you have the means to pay for it). A group of prostitutes, which includes the young Jenny, quickly sets up shop in Mahagonny, and a quartet of lumberjacks come to sample their wares. One of these men, Jim, falls in love with Jenny. Mahagonny is soon threatened by a hurricane, which unleashes even more anarchy among its residents. Spared when the hurricane changes course, the citizens fall even deeper into debauchery. One lumberjack eats himself to death, and in a prize fight, another is killed by Trinity-Moses. Unfortunately, Jim had placed all his money on the loser in this fight; when it comes out that he cannot pay for the drinks he has imbibed, he is put on trial and condemned to death. After his execution, catastrophes of all kinds befall Mahagonny, and the citizenry marches forward, crying that we "cannot help ourselves or you or anyone" as the curtain falls. Kurt Weill's eclectic scores includes the popular "Alabama Song"
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  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • UPC: 032031207837
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Jerry Hadlies
Richard Jones
Catherine Malfitano Jenny Smith
Gwyneth Jones Leokadja Begbick
Roy Cornelius Smith Fatty
Wilbur Pauley Trinity Moses
Udo Holdorf Jake Schmidt
Dale Duesing Pennybank Bill
Harry Peeters Alaska Wolf Joe
Toby Spence Tobby Higgins
Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna
Dennis Russell Davies Conductor
Technical Credits
Brian Large Director
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Peduzzi Set Decoration/Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    This is a live show from the '98 Salzburg Festival. The leads are Jerry Hadley, Catherine Malfitano, Gwyneth Jones, Harry Peeters and Dale Duesing, and all excell in this music. Jones' voice is still in very good shape, though her loose vibrato grates on my nerves. The sound and picture quality are both excellent, and subtitles are in English. This opera is about the debauchery and gluttony in the imaginary city of Mahagonny. The music reminds me of Strauss. If you'd like something simpler and more melodic, get the DVD of Weill's Street Scene. If you like Porgy and Bess you'll like that one as well.

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