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date: 22 October 2019

Sieben Todsünden, Die (‘The Seven Deadly Sins’)locked

  • Stephen Hinton

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Ballet chanté in eight parts by Kurt Weill to texts by Bertolt Brecht; Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 7 June 1933.

Anna I (soprano) and her sister, Anna II (dancer), set out from Louisiana. In seven years they hope to earn enough in the big cities to return and build a house for their Family (two tenors, a baritone and a bass – the last is ‘Mother’). Anna II is pretty, Anna I is practical. With just one savings book between them, they are really two sides of the same person.

The family lives in the hope of Anna II becoming industrious. Its prayers are punctuated by the proverb: ‘The devil makes work for idle hands’. Meanwhile, Anna II falls asleep during the exploit she and her sister have devised: Anna II makes a scene by accosting strange men in the park; Anna I then offers to remove her for a fee....

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