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Street Scenes

Excerpts from the 1948 Broadway Opera, "Street Scene"

MC93 Bobigny

from 19 to 27 April 2024

2h05 with 1 interval

Street Scenes

MC93 Bobigny - from 19 to 27 April 2024

Synopsis

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A jealous husband, gossiping neighbors, a woman about to give birth, young people who want to escape poverty... Street Scene portrays the inhabitants and dramas of a dilapidated New York neighborhood during a heat wave.

In setting playwright Elmer Rice’s play to music, Kurt Weill reveals the tragedy inherent in the daily life of lower-class New Yorkers between the wars. After moving to the United States in 1935 to escape Nazism, the composer created an “American opera” in 1947 that blends European influences and the Broadway musical into a fluid score.

This new production of Street Scene, performed by singers from the Paris Opera Academy, is presented at the MC93 in Bobigny, a new chapter in a long-standing partnership between the two institutions.

Duration : 2h05 with 1 interval

Language : English

Surtitle : French / English

  • Opening

  • First part 60 min

  • Intermission 30 min

  • Second part 35 min

  • End

Artists

American opera in two acts (1947)

Extraits de Street Scene
Book by Elmer Rice, based on his play of the same name

Lyrics by Langston Hugues and Elmer Rice

Creative team

Cast

Artists in residence at the Paris Opera Académie
With the musicians of the Orchestre atelier Ostinato
The roles of Dick McGan & Mae Jones were cast based on Oliver Scullion's recommendation.

A coproduction with the MC93 Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis

Presented under license from European Music Distributor Company, on behalf of the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., the Rice Estate and the Hugues Estate. Cuts and modifications are being performed with permission of the rights-holders.

Media

  • Street Scenes in rehearsal

    Street Scenes in rehearsal

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Street Scenes in rehearsal

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Interview with Yshani Perinpanayagam and Ted Huffman

5:12 min

Street Scenes in rehearsal

By Charles Alexandre Creton

Academy artists, led by conductor Yshani Perinpanayagam and director Ted Huffman, delve into Kurt Weill's “American opera” and reveal its resonance today.

  • YSHANI PERINPANAYAGAM about STREET SCENE

Access and services

In both our venues, discounted tickets are sold at the box offices from 30 minutes before the show:

  • €35 tickets for under-28s, unemployed people (with documentary proof less than 3 months old) and senior citizens over 65 with non-taxable income (proof of tax exemption for the current year required)
  • €70 tickets for senior citizens over 65

Get samples of the operas and ballets at the Paris Opera gift shops: programmes, books, recordings, and also stationery, jewellery, shirts, homeware and honey from Paris Opera.

In both our venues, discounted tickets are sold at the box offices from 30 minutes before the show:

  • €35 tickets for under-28s, unemployed people (with documentary proof less than 3 months old) and senior citizens over 65 with non-taxable income (proof of tax exemption for the current year required)
  • €70 tickets for senior citizens over 65

Get samples of the operas and ballets at the Paris Opera gift shops: programmes, books, recordings, and also stationery, jewellery, shirts, homeware and honey from Paris Opera.

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