The opera-ballet Seven Deadly Sins is considered one of the most important plays of the 20th century. Not only does its importance lie in the fact of the controversial text presented by BertoltBrech, but also in that it’s the last collaboration with Kurt Weill who musicalized many of Brecht’s plays.
Originally premiered in 1933 in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, it has been presented in various important stages around the world. As it was Brecht’s habit, the dialogues are filled with cleverness verging on the profane; an insult to the restraint of those times and the ‘good manners’ of the political regime.
The Seven Deadly Sins tells the story of a modest family living near the Mississippi River in Louisiana, in the south of the United States. The family is formed by a mother, a father, two sons and a daughter named Anna, represented by two performers called Anna I and Anna II; a singer actress and a dancer actress that portray two aspects of the same personality. Their daughter Anna (Anna I and Anna II) will try her own luck during seven years in seven different American cities with the goal of making money to buy a house for their family back in Louisiana. The opera is formed by a prologue, an epilogue and seven scenes. Each scene represents a deadly sin, as well as a year in the livesof Anna I and Anna II in each of the seven big cities that configure her journey.
A circular mise-en-scène that breaks the traditional limits of the pit and the classic Italian-style theater structure of opera houses. The jewel of this piece: The honor of doing the world premiere of