The question repeatedly occurs when listening to Kurt Weill's repertoire: is this the work of a classical composer or does it border on the score of a musical? What difference does it make? Weill's music hits you where it counts. It has inspired artists including Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. It captivates audiences in opera houses, theatres and on Broadway. Weill touches the heart. His music is uplifting, poignant, moving. Moreover: it is not uncommon for hard-hitting social criticism to underlie the superficial layer of sentiment and variety show. Kurt Weill and his partner in crime Bertolt Brecht wanted to shake a conscience into their audiences.
The life of Kurt Weill and singer Lotte Lenya, the star of the German stage in the 1920s and 1930s, was eventful, to say the least. The turbulent relationship between the composer and the soprano who performed his songs, often with lyrics by Brecht, is the subject of LoveMusik.
With Weill's music as a guideline and his correspondence with Lenya as a source of inspiration, we trace 25 years in the lives of these fascinating artists. It is an intriguing, surprising and emotional portrait, brought to the stage for the first time in Belgium by the talented singers of the International Opera Academy and Casco Phil.