Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo 2017-18 Preview: ‘Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’ Appears in Bogotá, Colombia

By David Salazar

The Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo is slated to showcase Kurt Weill’s “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” at the end of this month. The production opens on Feb. 27, 2018 with subsequent performances on Thursday, March 1, and Saturday, March 3.

The showcase is a co-production with the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires and Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile. The production is directed by Marcelo Lombardero and stars Evelyn Ramírez, Pedro Espinoza, Hernán Iturralde, Gustavo López Manzitti, María Victoria Gaeta, Homero Pérez Miranda, Javier Felipe Cevallos, Karolyn Rosero, Vanesa Sanchez, Yeraldín Ieon, Ana María Ruge, Juliette Vargas, Rocio del Pilar Quintero, Monica Danilov, Sara Bermúdez, Nancy Huérfano, Andrés Felipe Orozco, and Juan Fernando Gutierrez. Pedro Pablo Prudencio conducts the production which also features the Coro de la Filarmónica de Bogotá.

The opera had its world premiere on March 9, 1930 at the Neues Theater in Leipzig. Bertolt Brecht wrote the libretto for the work which was banned by the Nazis in 1933 and was lost for almost 30 years. It is the second of six collaborations between Weill and Brecht, though their only opera. Weill himself composed 10 operas overall, though some of them are varied in their outlook on the genre (he wrote a “circus opera”).