Dutch National Opera presents

Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht

Unique online film experience

Duration 0.40

By Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht

Language German

Surtitles English

Have you ever had the feeling that there are two people living inside you who respond to the challenges you face in completely different ways? In the satirical music theatre piece Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins, star soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and renowned actress Anna Drijver embody two sides of the same young woman. In seven American cities, they come into contact with the seven deadly sins.

Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht

German composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and German writer Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) found each other in their social engagement and made razor-sharp socially critical operas such as Die Dreigroschenoper and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. On 7 June 1933, the duo's 'ballet chanté' Die sieben Todsünden premiered in Paris. In a prologue, seven chapters and an epilogue, the audience was drawn into the story of Anna I and Anna II, who went out into the world and committed the seven deadly sins.

Eva-Maria Westbroek & Anna Drijver

In this special OFF-production, Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek (1970) and Dutch actress Anna Drijver (1983) perform the roles of Anna I and Anna II. As two Annas (or two sides of the same Anna) from Louisiana they visit seven cities, and commit a capital sin in each city. Under the guise of good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere, a bombastic story unfolds that, with the help of singing, acting and visual spectacle, brings the sinful life to your screen.

Ola Mafaalani & André Joosten

Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins is directed by stage director and former director of the Noord Nederlands Toneel Ola Mafaalani (1968). During the performance, designer André Joosten (1954) will make a live painting inspired by the story

Team, Cast and Chorus

Conductor
Erik Nielsen
Stage director
Ola Mafaalani
Image director
Marc de Meijer NSC
Cinematography
Gregor Meerman NSC
Josje van Erkel NSC
Scenography
André Joosten
Costumes
Regine Standfuss
Light
Floriaan Ganzevoort with Sharon Huizinga
Orkest
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Anna I
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Anna II
Anna Drijver
Brother
Michael Wilmering
Mother
Peter Arink
Father
Marcel Reijans
Brother
Erik Slik

This production is part of the Opera Forward Festival and is made possible by:

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