In 2009, the Artist-in-Residence offered a top-class jazz concert with top musician friends in the extraordinary setting of the Elbe-werk Rosslau. Nils Landgren's friends include the best acoustic guitarist in the Scandinavian Folk and world music scene Johan Norberg, drummer Wolfgang Haffner, Eva Kruse, Sebastian Studnitzky and singer Nina Ramsby. The program of the evening combined New Weill adaptations with the musical language of modern, melodic Jazz.
The radio cantata of the same name by Weill and Brecht reflects the ancient human dream of flying. It was performed by the Symphony Orchestra and the MDR radio choir under the direction of HK Gruber. In addition, Weill's rarely performed Ballad of Magna Charta was on the program, which originated in the USA in 1940 and is evidence of Weill's dream of freedom.
The Kurt Weill Fest 2007 was opened with the premiere of the choreography "Tango Palast" in a co-production of the Kurt Weill Fest Dessau with the Gregor Seyffert Compagnie Dessau and the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau. The three-part evening was a passionate, whimsical and humorous plea for Tango and its triumphal march through cultures. The musical framework extended from works by Kurt Weill, who used this popular dance repeatedly in his music, and Astor Piazzolla to modern Electrotango.
Brecht developed the teaching pieces of the Yesman and the Naysayers from the Japanese Nô game Taniko, which his collaborator Elisabeth Hauptmann had discovered in 1929. The Yesman with the music of Weill was already strongly criticized shortly after the premiere in 1930, whereupon Brecht wrote the Naysayer in order to perform both pieces together in the future. Since then, Dessau production has been the second realization of the two pieces in the combination desired by Brecht. As a further special feature, the two school operas were performed exclusively by teenagers for the first time.
The Firebrand of Florence is loosely based on episodes from the memoirs of Benvenuto Cellini and tells the story of the rich Italian merchant family Medici. Edwin Justus Mayer, a tried and tested Broadway author, created a Libretto from his play the Firebrand, which had already been performed in 1924 although it had strong weaknesses, Kurt Weill was nevertheless tempted to compose an operetta. At the 13th Kurt Weill festival, the operetta was given its German premiere in a concert version.
Under the direction of Wayne Marshall, artist-in-Residence 2005, international singing stars appeared, including the famous Canadian singer Anna Maria Kaufmann, who had her breakthrough alongside Peter Hofmann in the female lead role of Phantom of the Opera.