Maximized opera and raw party

By on March 28, 2019


A newly translated version of Brecht and Weill’s classic works The Threepenny Opera will be premiered at Folkoperan on September 11, 2019. The production is a collaboration between Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and Folkoperan, which can thus provide space for an exciting mix of opera singers, actors, dancers and burlesque artists. On stage we see, among others, Lennart Jähkel, Sanna Gibbs and Maja Rung.
From a playground that stretches from stage to salon and foyer, the audience is invited into the treacherous world of Mackie Knife by violence, betrayal and desire. Here is a raw, tickling party that no one can resist or want to miss. But at whose expense?

– The Threepenny Opera revolves around man’s desires as a constant driving force. We want the dirty, decadent and brutal reality to make the structures in society visible – back to Brecht for real, says Mellika Melouani Melani, director and artistic director at Folkoperan.

The participating artists are a mix of Kulturhuset Stadsteatern’s actors, freelance opera singers, dancers and burlesque artists. Conductor and musical leader is Jonas Nydesjö who collected thirteen musicians from different genres in an orchestra that will be used scenically in the performance.

– With singers, musicians and actors of all kinds, we can do everything fully, which is necessary for the entertaining and unreliable music. Here, German 20s couplets, tango and foxtrot are mixed with baroque coloratures and opera parades. An opera singer has the muscles to take this to a whole new level. And to my knowledge it has never been done, says Mellika.

The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill belong to the theater repertoire’s most popular and played works. It was written during a short time and is based on John Gays The Beggar’s Opera from 1728. Already at the 1928 performance in Berlin, the success was a fact. However, Brecht was a little concerned about the popularity of music, which he feared would overshadow the political message. The famous quote “first comes the grub, then the morale” circling the work’s criticism of materialism and capitalist society.

Premiere at Folkoperan September 11, 2019, where it is played until November 30th.

Tickets are sold here>>

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Södermalm