Berg's Wozzeck from the Royal Opera House

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Gerhard Siegel as Captain, Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and John Tomlinson as Doctor in Berg's Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House Gerhard Siegel, Simon Keenlyside and John Tomlinson in Berg's Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House (Catherine Ashmore)

This Saturday at 1 pm, join us for the first in a series of broadcasts from the Royal Opera House in London. We hear Alban Berg's 20th-century masterpiece Wozzeck starring Simon Keenlyside in the title role and Karita Mattila as Marie.

The story of a young, poor couple and their run-ins with the law, madness, strange doctors, powerful hallucinations and cheating lovers culminates in a murder based on an actual crime in 1824.

The opera is celebrated for both its dramatic effect, and for having done its part to shift the course of 20th century composition. With Wozzeck, Berg’s style veers toward exaggerated speech, through the use of sprechstimme or spoken-song techniques.

This production, by Keith Warner, was presented in October-November, 2013.


Conductor: Mark Elder
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Wozzeck: Simon Keenlyside
Marie: Karita Mattila
Captain: Gerhard Siegel
Doctor: John Tomlinson
Drum Major: Endrik Wottrich
Andres: John Easterlin
Margret: Allison Cook
First Apprentice: Jeremy White
Second Apprentice: Grant Doyle
Idiot: Robin Tritschler
Chorus: Royal Opera Chorus

Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

One of my voice teachers [I am a Wagnerian heldentenor], the legendary MET OPERA Wagnerian heldenbaritone FRIEDRICH SCHORR was the world premiere original WOZZECK. The genius of ALBAN BERG in this epochal masterpiece is so evident that major artists, composers and singers and musicians have performed his opus with a passion to convey, communicate. This performance deserves high marks for the singers and the orchestra and conductor. It deserves greater frequency of performance.

Oct. 11 2014 03:10 PM
CastaDiva from New York, NY

Well sung by a strong cast. Mattila's Marie was luminous.

Oct. 11 2014 02:55 PM

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