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University Opera: A Kurt Weill Cabaret (also Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.)

  • Music Hall 925 Bascom Mall Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

Kurt Weill's influence as a composer spans not only the worlds of opera and musical theater, but also countless corners of popular music. Interpreted on and off Broadway, as well as by artists ranging from John Zorn to The Doors to PJ Harvey, Weill's songs are widely recognized as established standards, as well as platforms for interpretation and innovation. A Kurt Weill Cabaret is a best-of surveying Weill's vocal work, first performed off-Broadway in 1963. The University Opera is definitely straying from its usual programming by adding a non-opera to its 2017-18 season (which also features spring performances of Puccini's 1895 opera, La Bohème), but the choice also fits in with director David Ronis's efforts to include a somewhat contemporary production. Last season, Ronis and the University Opera accomplished outstanding, creative productions of Verdi's Falstaff (1893) and Britten's The Turn Of The Screw (1954). While A Kurt Weill Cabaret does not have a central plot, instead pulling together songs and arias from several of Weill's musicals and operas, it will be exciting to see how Ronis, the cast, musicians, and crew grapple with cohesion in tying together the program. Performances will be in English, German, and French, featuring text by Bertolt Brecht—with whom Weill worked closely—as well as Ira Gershwin and others. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: October 26
GateSound: Tom Rainey + Devin Drobka
Later Event: October 28
The Student Nurses (free)