DVD + Blu-Ray:
Kirill Petrenko conducts Berg's LULU in Munich
A unique recording, gathering some of today's best interprets of Berg and marked by Kirill Petrenko's first-ever appearance on DVD & Blu-ray
Berg : Lulu © BelAir Classiques
Marlis Petersen & Bo Skovhus © W. Hösl
Sets by Dmitri Tcherniakov © W. Hösl
"Lulu", Alban Berg’s hauntingly mysterious opera in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, has been one of the major events of the 2015 Bayerische Staatsoper season: an ideal setting for conductor Kirill Petrenko first-ever DVD recording.
A sensuous and impenetrable opera, Berg’s masterpiece depicts the burning and sometimes bestial intensity of human relationships through the figure of Lulu, the true femme fatale, bearer of an enigma that haunts us way beyond the end of the opera. Venenous, sibylline, deathly for thos who approach her, the dangerous Lulu destroys the established and bourgeois order she evolves in, carrying away with her all certainty, just like the audacious and demanding musical language Berg invented to give form to this unreachable character. Frank Wedekind’s work proved indeed to be an extremely fertile ground for the dodecaphonic composer’s imagination, and gave birth to one of the most singular and ambitious works of art of the twentieth century.
With the privilege of a dream cast, gathering Berg’s best interprets, this new production of "Lulu" is conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov. A visionary genius considered as the contemporary stage's great troublemaker, it is with a shattering realism that he directs those characters, hostages to their own passions and darkest fantasies, and reveals the complexity of this great human and social tragedy.
Marlis Petersen is Lulu, a role she was singing for the ninth time, and for which she was awarded, for this production, the title of « singer of the year » by German magazine Opernwelt.
Recording location Bayerische Staatsoper
Recording date 2015
Duration 182 min.
Director Andy Sommer
Composer Alban Berg
Orchestra / Band Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Conductor Kirill Petrenko
Stage Director Dmitri Tcherniakov
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