Die sieben Todsünden in collaboration with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
2018 — Die sieben Todsünden by Kurt Weill and his longstanding collaborative partner Bertolt Brecht, is a ‘ballet chanté’ for five solo singers, a solo dancer, corps de ballet and orchestra.
In this concert – here without dancers – two ‘Annas’ haul themselves from city to city in order to earn themselves enough for a place to live. Anna I, played by Wende, is the voice of good conscience, continually trying to keep the impulsive Anna II on the straight and narrow. During seven acts they journey through seven American cities, where the ‘seven sins of the bourgeoisie’ reign supreme.
Quotes from the press on Die sieben Todsünden:
NRC: ‘Wende sings Weill and Brecht with the Concertgebouw Orchestra with total dedication’
Bachtrack: ‘Wende… was riveting, every word wrenched from the bottom of her being’
Concept and directing: Wende, Dennis Vanderbroeck, Marcus Azzini
Video: Edwin Vermeulen, Nic Stassen, Jan Gitsels
Lighting: Jantje Geldof, Joep Vermeulen
Camera: Menke Visser, Andre Teelen, Peter Hazenberg, Joost Tenniglo, Tim van der Voort, Collin Tenniglo
Production: Marianne Rübsaam, Twist Agency
Rehearsal accompanist: Gerard Bouwhuis
Advice: Werner Herbers
Styling: David Laport