Emmanuel Music: The Firebrand of Florence

8:00 PM - 10:30 PM Sat, May 30, 2020

Venue: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02115


Patricia Krol



The Firebrand of Florence Broadway operetta in two acts Music by Kurt Weill | Lyrics by Ira Gershwin Book by Edwin Justus Mayer, based on his play The Firebrand Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited Kurt Weill's rarely heard operetta, The Firebrand of Florence will be performed in its entirety. Set in Renaissance Florence, Firebrand depicts the charmed life of famed sculptor, goldsmith and writer Benvenuto Cellini. Yet his lasting fame is due more to his lively account of himself and his period in his autobiography than it is to his work as an artist. Weill called it an intimate intellectual operetta. Ryan Turner says, "However, the producers turned it into a lavish, extravagant production, despite Weill's intentions. I want to do this in a simplified version to see if we can discover the original conception of the operetta; the music of Weill and the words of Ira Gershwin. "

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