“The Threepenny Opera” proclaims itself “an opera for beggars,” and it was in fact an attempt both to satirize traditional opera and operetta and to create a new kind of musical theater based on the theories of two young German artists, composer Kurt Weill and poet-playwright Bert Brecht. The show opens with a mock-Baroque overture, a nod to Threepenny’s source, The Beggar’s Opera, a brilliantly successful parody of Handel’s operas written by John Gay in 1728. In a brief prologue following the overture, a shabby figure comes onstage with a barrel organ and launches into a song chronicling the crimes of the notorious bandit and womanizer Macheath, “Mack the Knife.” The setting is a fair in Soho (London), just before Queen Victoria’s coronation.
This award winning poster was designed and illustrated by Thomas G. Fowler for the Connecticut Grand Opera & Orchestra. Printed in an extremely limited quantity on high quality paper by H.T. Woods in 2000.
This poster has won the following awards and was included in the following publications:
– 25th Annual Connecticut Art Director’s Club (2000) Silver Award
– Print’s Regional Design Annual 2000
– HOW Self Promotion Annual (2000)
– Creativity 30 Annual
– Step-By-Step Graphics 100 Best
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