Photo Flash: First Look at JULIA MIGENES SINGS KURT WEILL at the Odyssey
Celebrated mezzo-soprano Julia Migenes (Diva on the Verge) returns to the Odyssey Theatre with her newest show, once again directed by Academy Award-nominated director Peter Medak. JULIA MIGENES SINGS KURT WEILL opens at the Odyssey Theatre on November 18, running Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. for five weeks through December 19. BroadwayWorld has a first look at Migenes in performance below!Paring things down to the bare essentials of voice and piano, Migenes takes the audience on a musical journey to the heart of Weill's music, from Berlin to Paris to New York. Accompanied by Mitsuko Morikawa on piano, Migenes performs in the language of each "stopover" - German, French and English - exploring the work of this brilliant composer and the powerful lyrics that complement his music. Migenes has a long history singing Weill, including her portrayal of Jenny Diver, opposite Raul Julia, in Mack the Knife, a 1990 feature film adaptation of The Threepenny Opera. She won an Edison Award for her performance on the CD version of The Seven Deadly Sins, conducted by Michael Tilsen Thomas, and she has sung Mahagonny at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. "Lotte Lenya herself came backstage after I performed Mahagonny and gave me a rose," Migenes says. "That is one of my most precious memories." According to Migenes, her love of German music began as a young singer in Vienna at the Volksoper. "I've performed in Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, singing Bach, Mozart, Alban Berg, Schoenberg, Mahler, Shubert, Richard Strauss, Johan Strauss and Lehar," she adds. "This is why I have such a close relationship with Weill, and why I prefer to sing his music in the original style and language." Lighting design for JULIA MIGENES SINGS KURT WEILL is by Bosco Flanagan, and Beth Hogan produces. Performances of JULIA MIGENES SINGS KURT WEILL take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Nov. 18 through Dec. 19. Tickets are $30 on Wednesdays and $35 on Saturdays. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in West L.A., 90025. For reservations call (310) 477-2055 or go to www.OdysseyTheatre.com.
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