Classical music
Open Rehearsal

The Seven Deadly Sins

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Enter the dark and dramatic world created by the key artistic figures of Germany's Weimar period with the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

A product of the violence of the First World War, and of librettist Oskar Kokoschka’s failed relationship with Alma Mahler, Murder, Hope of Women is an Expressionist work with a disturbing take on gender relations.

In 1927 Charles Lindbergh made the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris and became the biggest celebrity of his age. Weill, Hindemith and writer Bertholt Brecht made his story into a cantata, Der Lindberghflug, celebrating courage, progress and technology, with fantastical choruses for clouds, ships and machines.

Kurt Weill wrote the lead role in The Seven Deadly Sins for his wife Lotte Lenya. Anna crisscrosses America, visiting seven cities and encountering vice in all its variety along the way. Composed in 1933 as Hitler rose to power, and infused with the spirit of the cabaret, The Seven Deadly Sins is an elegy to the moral and political failure of the Weimar Republic.

Simon McBurney’s production of this trio of masterpieces brings the Weimar era to life using extracts from contemporary feature films and documentaries.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Simon McBurney director
Gerard McBurney dramaturg
soloists to be announced
Philharmonia Voices


Hindemith: Hindemith & Weill: Der Lindberghflug (Lindbergh's flight) (World premiere of complete original version)

Dates & times

9 Jun 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall


£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Please note
Complete change of repertoire and cast from the cabaret programme originally advertised.

Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)
These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts:
Brian Tyler Returns – Live in Concert (25 Oct 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas with King's College Choir (13 Dec 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas at the Movies (16 Dec 2018), Valentine’s Day Gala (14 Feb 2019).

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: pre-concert talk. Introducing the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis, series advisor Gavin Plumley talks to writer and broadcaster Philipp Blom, author of Fracture: Life and Culture in the West 1918 – 1938, about the Weimar Republic and its enduring echoes. Admission free.