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The premiere at the Teatro Real of Street Scene, by Kurt Weill, will be one of the important events of this season. With the libretto by Elmer Rice, based on a story by the same name (Pulitzer Prize-winning play 1929), and the song lyrics by Langston Hughe, Street Scene narrates a series of anonymous lives in a big city from a brutally realistic viewpoint.
This was Weill’s first opera composed during his American exile years and he referred to it as an “American opera”; in it, the Broadway musical, North American jazz and European traditional opera converge.
Music by Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
Libretto by Elmer Rice, after his play of the same name (1929), with lyrics by Langston Hughes
Premiered at the Adelphi Theatre of Broadway (New York) on 9 January 1947
Premiere at the Teatro Real
New production by the Teatro Real, in co-production with the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the Oper Köln
Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)
Pequeños Cantores de la ORCAM
The doorstep of a tenement on the East Side of New York is the setting for a multitude of precarious lives and situations, all too often pushed to the limits. Romance, disputes, gossip mongering, betrayals and constant tension mark the routines of this community of neighbours, making Street Scene a work with an important degree of social protest. Besides, this was the first opera that Kurt Weill composed after he arrived in the United States, having fled from Nazi persecution. Prestigious dramaturg, Elmer Rice wrote the libretto based on his play by the same name, this had already met with great success and had won the Pulitzer Prize in 1929.
Weill's score combined the essence of Broadway Musicals and North American jazz, without forgetting the traditional European opera - recitatives, arias, ensemble - in which he had been immersed before crossing the Atlantic to never look back. Together, Weill and Rice achieved a work about everyday life in a big city that was brutally realistic but that also communicated a great sense of poetry.
Production Team & Cast
Set and costume designer:
Children's Chorus Conductor:
Emma Jones / Nursemaid #1:
Olga Olsen / Nursemaid #2:
José Manuel Zapata
13 FEB (T) 20:00h
14 FEB (W) 20:00h
16 FEB (F) 20:00h
17 FEB (S) 20:00h
18 FEB (S) 18:00h
26 MAY (S) 20:00h
27 MAY (S) 18:00h
29 MAY (T) 20:00h
30 MAY (W) 20:00h
1 JUN (F) 20:00h
- Place: Main Auditorium