Satirical Operetta. It tells the story of an American arms dealer who arrives on the imaginary Caribbean Island of Santa Maria, and incites it to an arms race with its neighbour. The work contains many contemporary topical references: dictators, arms dealers, weapons of mass destruction. Arms and the Cow also follows two village lovers planning their wedding whose only possession, a cow is confiscated to pay the emergency tax levied because of the arms bought. The work is full of pungent satire and rowdy, raunchy humour, with traditional waltzes, can-cans, and Caribbean-feel numbers.

Music Kurt Weill.

Archive listings for Arms and the Cow

Work type: Opera or Operetta.

T0207459675 (OPNORTH06)

New Production. Sung in EnglishProducer Bregenz Festival. Producer Vienna Volksoper. Company Opera North. Director David Pountney. Conductor James Holmes. Translation Jeremy Samms. Translation David Pountney. Design Duncan Hayler. Lighting Marjus Holdermann. Costume Duncan Hayler. Choreographer Craig Revel Horwood. Performer Mary Plazas (Juanita Sanchez to May 24). Performer Deborah Norman (from Jun 3). Performer Leonardo Capalbo (Juan). Performer Adrian Clarke (Jones). Performer Jeffrey Lawton (President Mandez). Performer Robert Burt (Ximenez). Performer Donald Maxwell (General Garcia Conchas). Performer Beverley Klein (Madame Odette).
14 Jun 06His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen :: V585
listing details L0422809997
9 Jun 06 to 13 Jun 06Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds :: V975
listing details L01347705055
3 Jun 06Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
listing details L1991196795
24 May 06Hull New Theatre, Hull :: V934
listing details L942353250
18 May 06 to 20 May 06Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
listing details L02120350231
13 May 06The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L01109883513
6 May 06Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
listing details L1353514645
27 Apr 06Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L840630419
30 Mar 06 to 1 Apr 06Alhambra Theatre, Bradford :: V965
listing details L37210463

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