UC San Diego's Department of Music

April 16, 2015

  kallisti vocal ensemble's new production of Brecht and Weill's Threepenny Opera views a classic work through the prism of a dystopian future of inequality and political corruption, drawing parallels with disturbing trends in contemporary society.

The opera will be presented at UC San Diego Department of Music's Conrad Prebys Music Center on May 6, 8, 9 at 7 p.m., with a matinee on May 10 at 2 pm.

Produced by soprano Susan Narucki of the music faculty and kallisti ensemble, directed by Ruff Yeager, the production is based on the early-fifties English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein. It will also incorporate dance choreographed by Michael Mizerany, with Weill's music directed by Kyle Adam Blair leading an eight piece ensemble. 

Set in our nation's capital during the not-too-distant future at the inauguration of America's first female president, the production juxtaposes two distinct worlds: One of sleek and stylized perfect images that we construct on social media; and one of miscreants, outsiders and rabble rousers inhabiting a seedy cabaret.

Narucki says of kallisti's collaboration with critically acclaimed director Ruff Yeager "We believe The Threepenny Opera is as relevant today as when it premiered in 1928. It continues to challenge our attitudes toward morality, sex, and politics. The music is raw, intense, and timeless."

The production team also includes award-winning costume designer Alina Bokovikova, set design by Kristin Flores and lighting/video projection by Sherrice Mojgani.

The cast includes Jonathan Nussman and Cortez Johnson (Mac 1 and Mac 2), Kirsten Wiest (Polly Peachum), Hillary Young (Jenny), Julia Karis (Lucy Brown), Charlie Gange (Tiger Brown), Ruff Yeager (Mr. Peachum) and Susan Narucki (Mrs. Peachum). The Threepenny Opera is the sixth fully staged chamber opera produced through Narucki's kallisti ensemble. Established in 2009 with singers from the graduate program in Contemporary Music Performance at UCSD, kallisti is dedicated to introducing audiences to extraordinary music for voice, including chamber opera, vocal chamber music and newly commissioned works. Other notable kallisti projects include the West Coast premiere of Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis (2012) and the world premiere of Anthony Davis' Lear on the Second Floor (2013).

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FREE for all students one hour before concert with student ID.
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