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The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Weill

Scandinavia tends to be held aloft as an inspiring example of social equality, but there is a dark side to life in Denmark. Graham Vick shone a piercing spotlight on it in this new production of Brecht and Weill’s stinging satire

Denmark

ROYAL DANISH OPERA COPENHAGEN

Music ***

Staging *****

Mahagonny is the city ‘where the only capital offence is to have no money’. Walking the beautiful, manicured streets of Copenhagen among the equally beautiful, manicured shoppers, it can sometimes feel like lack of capital is a crime here, too.

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