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Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins

Dutch National Opera & Ballet - Nationale Opera & Ballet


Stopera Amsterdam

March, 2021

Unique live online film experience

Have you ever had the feeling that there are two people living inside you who respond to the challenges you face in completely different ways? In the satirical music theatre piece Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins, a ballet chanté in nine scenes, star soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and renowned actress Anna Drijver embody two sides of the same young woman. In seven American cities, they come into contact with the seven deadly sins.

Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht
German composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and German writer Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) found each other in their social engagement and made razor-sharp socially critical operas such as Die Dreigroschenoper and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. On 7 June 1933, the duo’s ‘ballet chanté’ Die sieben Todsünden premiered in Paris. In a prologue, seven chapters and an epilogue, the audience was drawn into the story of Anna I and Anna II, who went out into the world and committed the seven deadly sins.

Eva-Maria Westbroek & Anna Drijver
In this special OFF-production, Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek (1970) and Dutch actress Anna Drijver (1983) perform the roles of Anna I and Anna II. As two Annas (or two sides of the same Anna) from Louisiana they visit seven cities, and commit a capital sin in each city. Under the guise of good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere, a bombastic story unfolds that, with the help of singing, acting and visual spectacle, brings the sinful life to your screen.

Ola Mafaalani & André Joosten
Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins is directed by stage director and former director of the Noord Nederlands Toneel Ola Mafaalani (1968). During the performance, designer André Joosten (1954) will make a live painting inspired by the story.


Erik Nielsen

Stage director

Ola Mafaalani

Image director

Marc de Meijer NSC


Gregor Meerman and Josje van Erkel

Scenography and live painting

André Joosten


Regine Standfuss


Floriaan Ganzevoort with Sharon Huizinga


Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Anna l

Eva-Maria Westbroek

Anna ll

Anna Drijver


Michael Wilmering


Peter Arink


Marcel Reijans


Erik Slik


Sanne Peper


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