The works of Kurt Weill have been experiencing an impressive renaissance in the past few years. After a few ballets and Broadway pieces, Weill composed several works which were to play a major role in the development of American opera, including "Street Scene" in 1947. Even though it never made a breakthrough on Broadway, Street Scene was Weill's musical and dramatic piece de resistance. It is modeled on Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. After the British premiere in London in 1989, the work went through an international revival. This unanimously celebrated rediscovery of the work was performed under the direction of Francesca Zambello as a joint production of the Houston Grand Opera, the Theatre in Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen and the Theatre des Westens in Berlin.