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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 common ground in their social engagement and created socially critical operas such as “Die Dreigroschenoper” and “Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.” On June 7, 1933, the duo’s “ballet chanté” titled “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 ventured into the world and committed the seven deadly sins.

Eva-Maria Westbroek & Anna Drijver

In this special production, Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek (born in 1970) and Dutch actress Anna Drijver (born in 1983) portray the roles of Anna I and Anna II. As two Annas (or two facets of the same Anna) from Louisiana, they visit seven cities and commit a capital sin in each city. Under the theme “good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere,” a spectacular story unfolds that utilizes singing, acting, and visual spectacle to bring the sinful life to your screen.

Ola Mafaalani & André Joosten

“Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins” is directed by stage director Ola Mafaalani (born in 1968), former director of the Noord Nederlands Toneel. During the performance, designer André Joosten (born in 1954) will create live paintings inspired by the story.

This corrected version provides accurate information about the unique live online film experience and the individuals involved in its production.


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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