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Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny - The Royal Opera


Sun 24 May 2015, 4:00pm–7:00pm
Wed 27 May 2015, 1:30pm–4:30pm

Where: Lido Cinema, Centre Place, 501 Victoria St, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Child: $12.00
  • Adult: $20.00
  • Senior: $16.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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For the first time Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s theatrical opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny will be performed at the Royal Opera House and screened in cinemas across New Zealand. Directed by John Fulljames, Associate Director of Opera, the production is a satire on money, morality and pleasure-seeking among the dubious citizens of a fictional city.

Opening in a desolate no-man’s land, three criminals on the run find they can go no further, instead choosing to build a city, Mahagonny, the city of Gold. A city full of the destitute and disenchanted, the story focuses on the prostitute Jenny and lumberjack Jim Mahoney who try to escape a city awash with debauchery. Jim is convicted of a myriad of crimes, chief among them a lack of money, punishable by death.

The music, sung in English and created by one of the greatest composer/librettist collaborations of all time, ranges from the acerbic and punchy to the deeply lyrical with cabaret and music-hall influences. The ‘Alabama Song’ is a musical highlight, an iconic song that has been taken outside of the opera and performed by artists such as The Doors and David Bowie.

The cast is led by Anne Sofie von Otter – who appears at the Royal Opera House for the first time in 15 years – and supported by Christine Rice as Jenny, Kurt Steit as Jimmy and Willard W White as the fugitive Moses. Mark Wigglesworth conducts.

Set designs by the award winning Es Devlin, renowned for her work on the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, Kanye West and Take That concerts and others, add further to this deeply rich opera. The design depicts a larger than life world, alongside video designer Finn Ross, through the use of projections and neon colours. This fantastical vision will be captured for the silver-screen by Rhodri Huw whose wealth of experience includes directing the BBC Proms, including Doctor Who at the Proms.

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