Highbury Opera Theatre was proud to present the fully-staged London premiere of Kurt Weill's last stage work, his 1949 musical Lost in the Stars. Words by Maxwell Anderson based on Alan Paton's novel Cry, the Beloved Country.
Lost in the Stars gives passionate voice to Alan Paton’s powerful, uncompromising social indictment of apartheid South Africa. Written in 1948, the stirring story is of two ageing men—a black country parson and a separatist white British planter—who are brought together by a shared grief. With a powerful score often compared to Porgy and Bess, Lost in the Stars lays bare the tragedy of social barriers among all people, yet ends with a deeply moving promise of reconciliation and hope for the future.
HOT's new production reunited conductor Scott Stroman and director Jean Lacornerie, who together created French premier productions of Weill's One Touch of Venus and Lady in the Dark, nominated for a prestigious Molière Award, France's version of the British Olivier Awards.
This performance was funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc, New York NY. We are also grateful for support from Arts Council England for this production.