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Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

  • Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny is one of Brecht's best-known works and represents his first major collaboration with the composer Kurt Weill. It was written between 1927 and 1930, and first staged in Leipzig in 1930. A full-blown opera rather than a play with songs, it chronicles the development and demise of the 'paradise city' of Mahagonny in a series of tableaux that engage with the baser aspects of human nature. Its premiere provoked one of the major theatrical scandals in the Weimar Republic, and it was singled out by the Nazis as a particularly pernicious example of 'degenerate' art. A pivotal work in the genesis of Brecht's theory and practice of epic theatre, it is a classic of the twentieth-century avant-garde.
    This translation by Steve Giles includes an extensive editorial commentary on the different version of Mahagonny, a detailed account of the opera's contemporary reception in 1930 and 1931, and new translations of key texts by Brecht and Adorno.
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