Nov 18, 2022
Rolle - Concert
After the great success of Carmen, the first opera to be performed at the Rosey Concert Hall, we are repeating the experience with a special staging of the Singspiel (a German operatic genre in which spoken or sung dialogue and arias alternate) The Seven Deadly Sins, performed in German and English. This version is a production of the Theatre Orchestra Biel and Solothurn.
This special evening presents Weill and Brecht as a double: discover "The Seven Deadly Sins" in turn! The same ingenious play is relived by the eyes and ears in different languages, casts and perspectives...
Kurt Weill composed the work in 1933 for the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, using Brecht's sharp social criticism in lively sounds reminiscent of tango, foxtrot and Barbershop. By assigning male voices exclusively to the whole family (including the mother), Weill emphasises the dominant patriarchal structures. They ironically address the ambivalent, petty bourgeois morality of a society that is prepared to abandon its values and sanity for the sake of prosperity.
Olivier Tambosi is the director ("Sweeney Todd"), Iwan Wassilevski is the musical director. The famous stage couple Christiane Boesiger and Christian Manuel Oliveira, from "The Merry Widow" and "Sweeney Todd", are back at TOBS.
Director: Olivier Tambosi
Conductor: Iwan Wassilevski
Theatre Orchestra Biel Solothurn (TOBS)
Version for 15 players by HK Gruber and Christian Muthspiel