Die sieben Todsünden

Ballet chanté in nine scenes.
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht.

List of Movements
Performance Information
Principal Productions

Tilly Losch and Lotte Lenya as Anna II and Anna I,
from the original production, Paris, 1933.


Anna I (who sings) and Anna II (who dances) are two facets of one personality. At the behest of her family, they travel to seven different American cities in order to make enough money to build a little house on the banks of the Mississippi. In each city, she/they encounter a different deadly sin, and Anna I (the practical side) rebukes Anna II (the artistic side) for engaging in sinful behavior--that is, behavior which hinders the accumulation of wealth. After each sin is repented in turn, they return to their new house.

List of Movements

Performance Information
English title: The Seven Deadly Sins
Cast: Anna I (soprano), Anna II (dancer), the Family (2 tenors, baritone, bass), corps de ballet.
Orchestra: 2 (2 picc).1.2.1;; harp, piano, banjo (guitar), timp, perc; strings.
Duration: 35 minutes
Authorized Translations:
English -- W.H. Auden & Chester Kallman; Michael Feingold
French -- Edouard Pfrimmer

Principal productions

CBS MK 44529
Julia Migenes, 
Michael Tilson Thomas, cond.
EMI Classics 7 64739 2
Elise Ross, 
Simon Rattle, cond. 
[original keys]
LP Columbia CKL 5175
LP Philips B 07 186
CBS MP K 45886
Sony MHK 63222
Sony 78754
Lotte Lenya, Katona, Gollnitz, Poettgen, Roth
Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg, cond.
Capriccio 60 028-1
Doris Bierett, 
Kölner Rundfunkorchester, 
Lothar Zagrosek, cond. 
DG SLPM 139 308
Polydor 429 333-2
Berlin Classics BC 2069-2.
Gisela May, 
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, 
Herbert Kegel, cond. 
Decca 430168-2
Ute Lemper, 
RIAS Berlin Sinfonietta, 
John Mauceri, cond. 
Harmonia Mundi HMC 901420
Harmonia Mundi HMA1951420
Brigitte Fassbaender, 
Radio Philharmonie Hannover des NDR, 
Cord Garben, cond.
[original keys]
The Cleveland Orchestra 
Seventy-Fifth Anniversary 
Musical Arts Association
Compact Disc Edition TCO 93-75. 
Anja Silja, 
Cleveland Orchestra, 
Christopher von Dohnányi, cond. 
[original keys]
DG 439 894-2
Anne Sofie von Otter,
Norddeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester,
John Eliot Gardiner, cond. 
[original keys]
Teldec 4509-95029-2
Teldec 0927-40699-2
Angelina Réaux, 
New York Philharmonic, 
Kurt Masur, cond. 
[original keys]
Deutsche Schallplatten DSB 1048-2
Pascal von Wroblewsky, 
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, 
Mario Vencago, cond. 
Erato 0630-17068-2
Teresa Stratas,
Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon, 
Kent Nagano, cond. 
[original keys]
RCA / Reverso 74321 60119-2
Marianne Faithfull, 
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, 
Dennis Russell Davies, cond. 
[original keys, one octave lower; sung in English]
Hänssler Classic- 93.109
Anja Silja (soprano)
Julius Pfeiffer
Alexander Yudenkov (ténor)
Bernard Hartmann (baryton)
Torsten Müller (basse)
Orchestre de la Radio SWR de Kaiserslautern
Grzegorz Nowak


MK 44529
Reissue: Sony CD SBK91129
Julia Migenes, Michael Tilson Thomas, cond. [arrangement]
EMI Classics CD
7 64739 2
Elise Ross, Simon Rattle, cond. [original keys]
Sony CD
MHK 63222; Sony Classical 82876 78754 2
Lotte Lenya, Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg, cond. [arrangement]
CD 60 028-1
Doris Bierett, Kölner Rundfunkorchester, Lothar Zagrosek, cond. [arrangement]
Polydor CD
429 333-2
(reissued on Berlin Classics CD 0013752BC)
Gisela May, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Herbert Kegel, cond. [arrangement]
Kebec LP
Pauline Julien, Jacques Marchand, cond. [arrangement]
CD 430168-2
Ute Lemper, RIAS Berlin Sinfonietta, John Mauceri, cond. [arrangement]
Harmonia Mundi
CD HMC 901420; reissued as HMA 1951420
Brigitte Fassbaender, Radio Philharmonie Hannover des NDR, Cord Garben, cond. [original keys]
Cleveland Orchestra CD
CO 093-75
Anja Silja, Cleveland Orchestra, Christopher von Dohnányi, cond. [original keys]
Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
439 894-2
Anne Sofie von Otter, Norddeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, John Eliot Gardiner, cond. [original keys]
Angelina Réaux, New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur, cond. [original keys]
Deutsche Schallplatten
DS 1048-2
Pascal von Wroblewsky, Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, Mario Vencago, cond. [arrangement]
Erato CD
Teresa Stratas, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon, Kent Nagano, cond. [original keys]
RCA/Reverso CD
74321 601192
Marianne Faithfull, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, cond. [original keys, one octave lower; sung in English]
Brigadoon CD
BIS 040
Jasperina de Jong, Rotterdam Young Philharmonic, Henk Guittart, cond. [original keys]
Hänssler CD
CD 93.109
Anja Silja, SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern, Grzegorz Nowak, cond. [original keys]
Video (VHS)
Decca 071 166-3;
449 071 266-3
DVD: Kultur D2904
Teresa Stratas (Anna I), Nora Kimball (Anna II), Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon, Kent Nagano, cond., Peter Sellars, dir.