As part of its innovative Horizon Series, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is presenting The Seven Deadly Sins, a programme featuring music and social satire.
Die sieben Todsünden by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, with whom he frequently collaborated, is a 'ballet chanté' (sung ballet) for five solo singers, one solo dancer, ballet corps and orchestra. In this concert - without dancers - two Annas drag themselves from city to city to earn enough to build a little house. Anna I, sung by Wende Snijders, is the voice of conscience who tries to keep the impulsive Anna II on the straight and narrow. Thus, they pass through seven major US cities, where the 'seven deadly sins of the bourgeoisie' are rampant.
Weill's satirical narrative of civil bourgeois morality is preceded here by two other works commenting on morality. In Dmitry Shostakovich's first opera The Nose, a nose decides to lead its own life. The allegory is a reference to the Communist theory of a society in which every individual plays his or her own specific role. The Canadian-American composer Karim Al-Zand based his elegy Lamentation on the Disasters of War on the grimly realistic etchings Francisco de Goya made after witnessing the bloody war of independence following Napoleon's invasion of Spain in 1808.
concept Wende, Dennis Vanderbroeck, Marcus Azzini
advice Werner Herbers
styling David Laport
mise en espace Marcus Azzini
light Jantje Geldof, Joep Vermeulen
video Edwin Vermeulen, Nic Stassen, Jan Gitsels
camera Menke Visser, André Teelen, Peter Hazenberg, Joost Tenniglo, Tim van der Voort, Collin Tenniglo
repetitors Gerard Bouwhuis, David Bollen
production Marianne Rübsaam, Twist Agency