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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Schweiz
2020 Februar 09 20:30, Februar 12 19:00, Februar 15 19:00, Februar 18 19:30
Oper Zürich
Hartmut HaenchenDirigent
Andreas HomokiRegisseur
Michael LevineBühnenbild, Kostüme
Christian GerhaherBaritonWozzeck
Gun-Brit BarkminSopranMarie
Wolfgang Ablinger-SperrhackeTenorHauptmann
Lars WoldtBassDoktor
Daniel BrennaTenorTambourmajor
Iain MilneTenorAndres
Irène FriedliSopranMargret
Pavel DanilukBassErster Handwerksbursche
Cheyne DavidsonBaritonZweiter Handwerksbursche
Martin ZyssetTenorNarr
Tae-Jin ParkTenorMariens Knabe
Meta BronskiKostüme
Franck EvinLicht
Kathrin BrunnerDramaturgie
Janko KastelicChorleitung
Kinderchor der Oper Zürich
Chor der Oper Zürich
Philharmonia Zürich

«Radical, oppressive and profound» was Zurich’s Tages-Anzeiger newspaper’s verdict of Andreas Homoki’s production of Wozzeck. The director did not stage a painful drama of social compassion, but rather a grotesque piece that is full of wicked humour. Like puppets, at the mercy of an inscrutable fate, his figures move on the sophisticated proscenium stage designed by Michael Levine. For the revival of this successful 2015/16 production, we have again been able to engage the exceptional singer Christian Gerhaher, who débuted in Zurich at the première as Wozzeck and was voted as Singer of the Year by the magazine Opernwelt for this character portrait. The première cast also included Gun-Brit Barkmin as Marie, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as the captain, and Lars Woldt as the doctor, all of whom will again be on stage. Hartmut Haenchen, who was voted Conductor of the Year for his interpretation of Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival in 2017, will introduce himself at the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich for the first time.

The soldier Wozzeck flits through a world that he is unable to decipher. He is humiliated and ridiculed by the captain; the doctor torments him with absurd medical experiments. And his lover, Marie, with whom he has a child, cuckolds him with the drum major. Wozzeck becomes a murderer, stabbing Marie to death. Premièred in 1925, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck is an ideal interpretation of Georg Büchner’s stark drama, written a century earlier. Berg’s freely atonal score is stringently structured, yet simultaneously bears witness to the composer’s pronounced instinct for the theatre. With his first opera, Berg created a seminal work of modernism and one of the most significant contributions to operatic history.

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