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Double Bill: Threepenny Opera & Pagliacci

Kurt Weill
courtesy Milken Archives
Kurt Weill

This week, two operas: Kurt Weill's satirical "opera for beggars," The Threepenny Opera, and Leoncavallo's dramatic sad-clown tale, Pagliacci​.

Kurt Weill: The Threepenny Opera
Max Raabe: Macheath (Mack the Knife)
HK Gruber: Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
Nina Hagen: Celia Peachum
Sona MacDonald: Polly Peachum
Hannes Hellmann: Brown
Winnie Böwe: Lucy
Timna Brauer: Jenny
Jürgen Holtz: Narrator

Ensemble Modern
HK Gruber, conductor

Synopsis (via the Kurt Weill Foundation)

Ruggiero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Plácido Domingo: Canio
Montserrat Caballé: Neda
Sherrill Milnes: Tonio
Barry McDaniel: Silvio
Leo Goeke: Peppe
Brian Etheridge/Peter Hall: Two Villagers

The London Symphony Orchestra / The John Alldis Choir
Nello Santi, conductor

Italian to English translation