Opera

Street Scene

Kurt Weill

13 Feb, 18 - 01 Jun, 18

Musical conductor: Tim Murray

Stage Director: John Fulljames

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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.

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American opera

Music by Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
 
Libretto by Elmer Rice, after his play of the same name (1929), with lyrics by  Elmer Rice and Langston Hughes
 
By arrangement with European American Music Corporation, represented by Universal Edition AG, Vienna

Premiered at the Adelphi Theatre of Broadway (New York) on 9 January 1947

       

Synopsis of Street Scene

Act I

Outside 346 Lower East Side in 1940s New York City, the neighbours chat about the unbearable heat, the annoying mosquitoes and the local gossip. The hot topic is that Anna Maurrant, Frank’s wife and Rose’s mother, is having an affair with the milkman. The women’s excited chatter suddenly stops when the subject of their gossip appears. The characters also include Daniel Buchanan, uneasy about his wife’s imminent childbirth; Abraham Kaplan, a Jew whose anti-capitalist harangues entertain some and exasperate others; a youthful Jenny Hildebrand, from a German family, radiant after graduating from high school; Italian Lippo Fiorentino, who hands out ice creams to everyone; janitor Henry Davis, who lives in the building’s basement; Mrs. Olsen, prepared to leave her baby to spy on the neighbours; and a couple returning from a night on the town.

This ensemble of characters also includes Rose Maurrant, the daughter of Anna and stagehand Frank, a tough guy, hard drinker, severe and reactionary, insensitive to Anne’s need for affection. Rose is a young, decent clerk in a real estate agency, besieged on many fronts. Firstly on account of the rumours about her mother’s adultery, but also because of two seducers of the worst kind: her neighbour Vincent, a hustler always ready to pick a fight, and Harry Easter, her predatory boss who tries to trick her with promises of a career in show business. The counterpoint is Sam, the Kaplans’ son, a law student who loves her deeply and repeatedly suggests they flee to start a new life far away from the slum.

Act II

Life goes on. Children mimic stock New York characters in their games, the neighbours celebrate Daniel Buchanan’s newborn child, and the bailiffs evict the Hildebrands, abandoned by the father and unable to pay the rent. One of the ongoing snippets of everyday life has an ominous potential: Frank Maurrant tells his wife Anna he has to go downtown, and Rose is away at a funeral. Anna invites the milkman upstairs. The inevitable happens: Frank makes a surprise return, climbs the stairs to the apartment and two shots ring out. The milkman dies on the spot, Anna is taken away by ambulance and Frank escapes in the confusion.

Shortly afterwards, we witness the consequences of the tragedy: life goes on as if nothing had happened. Nannies spend the afternoon snooping, pushing their prams past the spot that appeared in the newspapers. Amongst those directly affected, Rose returns from the hospital where her mother died and finds solace in Sam, who once again asks her to run away with him. She rejects him because she doesn’t want to be a burden and force him to abandon his studies. The police find the murderer, and before taking him away, Frank tells his daughter that he loved his mother but couldn’t control himself. Everything is back to normal: new tenants move into the Hildebrand’s apartment, and the neighbours chat about the stifling heat, the annoying mosquitoes and the local gossip.

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Street Scene

Kurt Weill

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Releases

Amigos del Real

10 November

2017

Suscribers

15 November

2017

General Public

20 November

2017

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13 February 2018

21:00

Main Auditorium

Geoffrey Dolton, Jeni Bern, Scott Wilde, Lucy Schaufer, Harriet Williams, Eric Greene, Patricia Racette, Joel Prieto, Tyler Clarke, Paulo Szot, Gerardo Bullón, José Manuel Zapata, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Mary Bevan, Richard Burkhard, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Dominic Lamb, Laurel Dougall, Matteo Artuñedo, Verónica Polo, Javier Ramos, Irene Caja, Montse Gabriel, Diego Poch, Clara Barrios, Kwenya Carreira, Inma Mira, Ángel Burgos
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14 February 2018

21:00

Main Auditorium

Geoffrey Dolton, Jeni Bern, Scott Wilde, Lucy Schaufer, Harriet Williams, Eric Greene, Patricia Racette, Joel Prieto, Tyler Clarke, Paulo Szot, Gerardo Bullón, José Manuel Zapata, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Mary Bevan, Richard Burkhard, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Dominic Lamb, Laurel Dougall, Matteo Artuñedo, Verónica Polo, Javier Ramos, Irene Caja, Montse Gabriel, Diego Poch, Clara Barrios, Kwenya Carreira, Inma Mira
Subscription tickets A

16 February 2018

21:00

Main Auditorium

Geoffrey Dolton, Jeni Bern, Scott Wilde, Lucy Schaufer, Harriet Williams, Eric Greene, Patricia Racette, Joel Prieto, Tyler Clarke, Paulo Szot, Gerardo Bullón, José Manuel Zapata, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Mary Bevan, Richard Burkhard, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Dominic Lamb, Laurel Dougall, Matteo Artuñedo, Verónica Polo, Javier Ramos, Irene Caja, Montse Gabriel, Diego Poch, Clara Barrios, Kwenya Carreira, Inma Mira
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17 February 2018

21:00

Main Auditorium

Geoffrey Dolton, Jeni Bern, Scott Wilde, Lucy Schaufer, Harriet Williams, Eric Greene, Patricia Racette, Joel Prieto, Tyler Clarke, Paulo Szot, Gerardo Bullón, José Manuel Zapata, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Mary Bevan, Richard Burkhard, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Dominic Lamb, Laurel Dougall, Matteo Artuñedo, Verónica Polo, Javier Ramos, Irene Caja, Montse Gabriel, Diego Poch, Clara Barrios, Kwenya Carreira, Inma Mira
Subscription tickets G

18 February 2018

19:00

Main Auditorium

Geoffrey Dolton, Jeni Bern, Scott Wilde, Lucy Schaufer, Harriet Williams, Eric Greene, Patricia Racette, Joel Prieto, Tyler Clarke, Paulo Szot, Gerardo Bullón, José Manuel Zapata, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Mary Bevan, Richard Burkhard, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Dominic Lamb, Laurel Dougall, Matteo Artuñedo, Verónica Polo, Javier Ramos, Irene Caja, Montse Gabriel, Diego Poch, Clara Barrios, Kwenya Carreira, Inma Mira
Subscription tickets D

26 May 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Geoffrey Dolton, Jeni Bern, Scott Wilde, Lucy Schaufer, Harriet Williams, Mandisinde Mbuyanzwe, Patricia Racette, Joel Prieto, Tyler Clarke, Paulo Szot, Gerardo Bullón, Vicente Ombuena, Katie Coventry, Mary Bevan, Marcus Farnsworth, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Dominic Lamb, Laurel Dougall, Matteo Artuñedo, Verónica Polo, Javier Ramos, Irene Caja, Montse Gabriel, Diego Poch, Clara Barrios, Kwenya Carreira, Inma Mira
Subscription tickets X

27 May 2018

20:00

Main Auditorium

Geoffrey Dolton, Jeni Bern, Scott Wilde, Lucy Schaufer, Harriet Williams, Mandisinde Mbuyanzwe, Patricia Racette, Joel Prieto, Tyler Clarke, Paulo Szot, Gerardo Bullón, Vicente Ombuena, Katie Coventry, Mary Bevan, Marcus Farnsworth, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Dominic Lamb, Laurel Dougall, Matteo Artuñedo, Verónica Polo, Javier Ramos, Irene Caja, Montse Gabriel, Diego Poch, Clara Barrios, Kwenya Carreira, Inma Mira
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29 May 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Geoffrey Dolton, Jeni Bern, Scott Wilde, Lucy Schaufer, Harriet Williams, Mandisinde Mbuyanzwe, Patricia Racette, Joel Prieto, Tyler Clarke, Paulo Szot, Gerardo Bullón, Vicente Ombuena, Katie Coventry, Mary Bevan, Marcus Farnsworth, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Dominic Lamb, Laurel Dougall, Matteo Artuñedo, Verónica Polo, Javier Ramos, Irene Caja, Montse Gabriel, Diego Poch, Clara Barrios, Kwenya Carreira, Inma Mira
Subscription tickets Y

30 May 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Geoffrey Dolton, Jeni Bern, Scott Wilde, Lucy Schaufer, Harriet Williams, Mandisinde Mbuyanzwe, Patricia Racette, Joel Prieto, Tyler Clarke, Paulo Szot, Gerardo Bullón, Vicente Ombuena, Katie Coventry, Mary Bevan, Marcus Farnsworth, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Dominic Lamb, Laurel Dougall, Matteo Artuñedo, Verónica Polo, Javier Ramos, Irene Caja, Montse Gabriel, Diego Poch, Clara Barrios, Kwenya Carreira, Inma Mira
Subscription tickets C

01 June 2018

22:00

Main Auditorium

Geoffrey Dolton, Jeni Bern, Scott Wilde, Lucy Schaufer, Harriet Williams, Mandisinde Mbuyanzwe, Patricia Racette, Joel Prieto, Tyler Clarke, Paulo Szot, Gerardo Bullón, Vicente Ombuena, Katie Coventry, Mary Bevan, Marcus Farnsworth, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Dominic Lamb, Laurel Dougall, Matteo Artuñedo, Verónica Polo, Javier Ramos, Irene Caja, Montse Gabriel, Diego Poch, Clara Barrios, Kwenya Carreira, Inma Mira
Subscription tickets F

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February

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Encuentro con los artistas de la producción. Lunes, 5 de febrero, 20.15 h. Sala Gayarre. Acceso libre. Aforo limitado.

05

February

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20:15

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February

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12:00

Ópera en cine

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Proyección de Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Sábado, 17 de febrero, 12.00 h.

17

February

2018

12:00

Concierto de Patricia Racette

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Diva on Detour. 3 y 4 de junio, 21:30h. Salón de baile.

04

June

2018

21:30

Retransmisión en directo

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Retransmisión en directo de Street Scene (1961), en Mezzo Live HD16 de febrero, 20h.

16

February

2018

20:00

Proyección

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Proyección de West Side Story (1961), de Jerome Robbins y Robert Wise. 27 de febrero a las 17.30, en la Sala 1.

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February

2018

17:30

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El sueño americano y la obra de arte imposible: las óperas de Kurt Weill en EE.UU. a cargo de Gabriel Menéndez. Entrada libre hasta completar aforo. Este ciclo de conferencias está patrocinado por la Embajada de los EEUU. 

  • 16 de enero de 2018 (19.00 h.): “De Berthold Brecht a Broadway”: Lady in the Dark(1940) y One Touch of Venus (1943)
  • 30 de enero de 2018 (19.00 h.): “El arte híbrido de la Musical Tragedy”: Down in the Valley (1948) y Lost in the Stars (1949)
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January

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Curso en inglés en torno a Street Scene. Abril-junio de 2018, 30 horas. Horario por determinar.

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April

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Encuentro

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07

February

2018

Proyección

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Proyección de la película Street Scene (King Vidor, 1931). Entrada libre hasta completar aforo. Fecha por determinar.

07

February

2018

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 Lugar: Centro Cultural Lázaro Carreter (c/ Verdad, 29). Aforo: 238 personas. El día de la lectura se sortearán 20 entradas para uno de los ensayos de Street Scene. 4 de febrero a las 12h. Acceso gratuito hasta completar aforo. 

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February

2018

12:00

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15

February

2018

19:30

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