Alban Berg's Wozzeck
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts William Kentridge’s new production of Alban Berg’s expressionistic masterpiece Wozzeck.
Peter Mattei in the title role of Bergs WOZZECK © Paola Kudacki / Met Opera
Peter Mattei as Wozzeck and Elza van den Heever as Marie in Bergs WOZZECK © Ken Howard / Met Opera
Peter Mattei as Wozzeck and Christian Van Horn as the Doctor in Bergs WOZZECK © Ken Howard / Met Opera
The Met’s Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium to lead a powerful new production of Berg’s shocking modern masterpiece Wozzeck, regarded for its intense emotional power and brilliant score as one of the most significant operas of the 20th century. The production of innovative artist, filmmaker, and director William Kentridge moves the setting to pre-WWI Germany. There is in that milieu an atmosphere of a society coming to its end, of atavistic impulses and decadent meaninglessness coming through the characters. Berg wrote this into the music, and the exceptional singers brought it to life in full-bodied performances. Baritone Peter Mattei stars as the title character, making his role debut as the tormented soldier whose madness and paranoia ultimately drive him to murder. The cast also features soprano Elza van den Heever as Wozzeck’s dissatisfied lover, Marie, and tenors Gerhard Siegel and Christopher Ventris and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as his ruthless persecutors.
The press was unanimous:
“Extraordinary production” – The New YorkTimes.
“William Kentridge’s staging is dense and dazzling” – Financial Times.
“Peter Mattei wore Wozzeck’s sorrow and loneliness like a skin, and with his elegant vocalism projected the character’s tragic dignity all the way until the end” – Boston Globe.
“A Night at the Opera Not Soon Forgotten” – Musical America
Production year 2020
Production Company The Metropolitan Opera
Composer Alban Berg
Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra / Band The Metropolitan Opera
Soloist Peter Mattei
Soloist Elza van den Heever
Soloist Christian van Horn
Soloist Gerhard Siegel
Stage Director William Kentridge
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