Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny is a political-satirical opera composed by Kurt Weill to a German libretto by Bertolt Brecht. It was first performed on 9 March at the Neues Theater in Leipzig. Some interpreters have viewed the play as. Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny is a political-satirical opera composed by Kurt Weill to a German libretto by Bertolt Brecht. Mahagonny-Songspiel, also known as The Little Mahagonny, is a "small-scale 'scenic cantata'" written by the composer Kurt Weill and the dramatist Bertolt. Mahagonny, opera in 20 scenes with music by Kurt Weill and text by Bertolt Brecht, published in and performed in German as Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt. Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny is about to be mounted at the Royal Opera House in London. It's a rare outing for Bertolt Brecht and Kurt. In the "Mahagonny Songspiel," Weill relied on an experimental, non-tonal harmonic style that characterized much of his early music. But with the. Weill's first idea was to set a scene from King Lear or Antigone; but as he and Brecht were already planning the Mahagonny opera, they decided on the. AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France — Is it possible to have a good time at “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny,” Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's. and a sensational cast come together to make this Kurt Weill–Bertolt Brecht masterpiece a riveting evening of music theater. At the center of the action. the City of Mahagonny. Libretto by Bertolt Brecht. English translation by David Drew and Michael Geliot. Created by genre-defying composer Kurt Weill and.