A Multiplicity of Mahagonnys

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Call it serendipity. Spoleto's pull-out-all-the-stops, big-money opera this year is Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's satirical 1930 musical boulliabasse The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Sottile. It's rarely performed much these days — producers willing to plunk down top dollar to mount an anti-capitalist screed may be too rare an irony — but it turns out that the Los Angeles Opera has a production in full bloom right now, featuring Broadway bigs Audra Macdonald and Patty LuPone. It's a completely different production from the one that will be mounted here in May under the direction of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, but it's worth reading about to get a ballpark idea of what's in store for Spoleto audiences in three months. —PS

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