Kurt Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel
Daron Hagen's Vera of Las Vegas
Weill's powerful satire on materialistic society uses cabaret and jazz styles to entertain us while sketching a devastating allegory of basic human desires and their inevitable frustration - an allegory that is as timely today as it was at its premiere 85 years ago.
Hagen has created a quintessentially American dream-gone-wrong opera - Two former IRA operatives, trying to escape their nightmares, become enmeshed in a
surrealistic Vegas fantasy of sex- and identity-confusion. The highly melodic score is a delightful mashup of cabaret, folk-rock, Broadway and modern
classical styles. Internationally acclaimed countertenor Brian Asawa stars as Vera.
Plenty of parking and a 10-minute walk from El Cerrito Plaza BART.
To enter to win a pair of tickets, email keyword "WESTEDGEOP" to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, July 25th.
To purchase tickets, go to www.westedgeopera.org or call 510-841-1903