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2 > 14 March 2017
Opéra des Nations


Opera in 3 acts and 15 scenes by Alban Berg

Libretto based on the drama Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. First performed at the Staatsoper (Unter den Linden), Berlin on 14 December 1925.

Production Lyric Opera of Chicago

Sung in German with English and French surtitles
Duration: approx. 1:30 (without intermission)

Wozzeck, a soldier, a survivor of trauma and victimization, is trying to deal with his world but just ends up being bullied by the Captain, experimented on by the Doctor and rejected by Marie, the unwed mother of his child. Like many PTSD sufferers, Wozzeck’s lonely attempts to cope ultimately destroy his sanity and his humanity. Alban Berg, himself scarred by service in the Austrian army during WWI, was enthused by Georg Büchner’s 1821 play Woyzeck, which Nobel prize-winner Elias Canetti called “the most complete revolution in the whole of literature”. Berg’s 1925 opera, with its highly formalized structure and radical music, was itself a complete revolution in opera. No other work before it, and very few since, has so bravely asked the question “What does it mean to be human”?

Musical Director Stefan Blunier
Stage Director David McVicar
Reprise Daniel Ellis
Sets & Costumes Designer Vicki Mortimer
Choreographer Andrew George
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
& Christopher Maravich
Wozzeck Mark Stone
Marie Jennifer Larmore
The Drum Major Charles Workman
The Doctor Tom Fox
Andres Tansel Akzeybek
The Captain Stephan Rügamer
Margret Dana Beth Miller
First Apprentice Alexander Milev*
Second Apprentice Erlend Tvinnereim
Madman Fabrice Farina
Marie's son Gaétan Haro
A soldier Omar Garrido
A young man Rémi Garin
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande  
*Member of The Young Soloists in Residence Troupe  


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Mar 2017
Thursday 2 |  7:30 pm
Saturday 4 |  7:30 pm
Monday 6 |  7:30 pm
Wednesday 8 |  7:30 pm
Friday 10 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 12 |  3 pm
Tuesday 14 |  7:30 pm