Music: By Kurt Weill (Die sieben Todsünden, produced 1933, commissioned by Boris Kochno and Edward James). Text by Bertolt Brecht, from a suggestion by Boris Kochno and Edward James, translated by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman (translation commissioned by Lincoln Kirstein).
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Scenery, costumes, and lighting by Rouben Ter-Arutunian. Scenery executed by T. B. McDonald Construction Company.
Premiere: December 4, 1958, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Robert Irving.
Anna I (singer), Lotte Lenya; Anna II (dancer), Allegra Kent; Characters (dancers), 16 women, 15 men. Family (singers): Mother, Stanley Carlson; Father, Gene Hollman; Brother I, Frank Poretta; Brother II, Grant Williams. Singers and dancers appeared together on stage.
Note: First presented by Les Ballets 1933, Paris . This revival for the New York City Ballet was sponsored by Ballet Society to celebrate the twenty-fifth year of association between Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine; Lotte Lenya played the role created for her in 1933. The staging, noted for its masque-like characteristics, consisted primarily of stylized movement.
Other Versions: 1933, Les Ballets 1933 (Les Sept Péchés Capitaux).