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Woyzeck, Georg Büchner’s social tragedy about the total lack of prospects for poor, exploited people and the mercilessness of military life, found the ideal composer to set it to music in Alban Berg. The composer had seen the Vienna premiere of the drama in 1914, was immediately fascinated and started composing an opera based on Büchner’s text. His interest in setting the work was heightened by his own experiences of war, though he did not finish the opera until 1922. Using atonality and elements of twelve-tone technique Berg found haunting sounds that vividly evoke visions of death, jealousy, inner distress and hopelessness. Despite considerable opposition, the premiere took place in Berlin in 1925 under Erich Kleiber – and straight away established the opera as a progressive masterpiece.

Performers

Robert Carsen 
director 
Lise Lindstrom 
soprano 
 (Marie )
Aleš Briscein 
tenor 
 (Tambourmajor )
John Daszak 
tenor 
 (Hauptmann )
Stefan Cerny 
bass 
 (Doktor )
Benjamin Hulett 
tenor 
 (Andres )
Erik Arman 
tenor 
 (Der Narr )
Juliette Mars 
alto 
 (Margret )
Lukas Jakobski 
bass 
 (1. Handwerksbursch )
Kristján Jóhannesson 
baritone 
 (2. Handwerksbursch )
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
mixed choir 
Erwin Ortner 
choirmaster 
Wiener Symphoniker
orchestra 

Programme

Alban Berg
"Wozzeck", Opera in three acts and 15 scenes op. 7 (Arr.: Eberhard Kloke)
"Wozzeck", Opera in three acts and 15 scenes op. 7 (Arr.: Eberhard Kloke)
2004
90min

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Theater an der Wien

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