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Work: Wozzeck

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ComposerBerg, Alban (1885-1935)
Period20th century
Year1925
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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BerlinWozzeck

Berg: Wozzeck
Matthias Pintscher; Andrea Breth; Staatsoper Berlin; Martin Zehetgruber; Silke Willrett; Matthias Goerne; Eva-Maria Westbroek
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Bleak and hopeless: William Kentridge's Wozzeck at the Met

Peter Mattei (Wozzeck) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
Despite theatrical drawbacks, this Wozzeck is heartily recommend due to Yannick Nézet-Séguin's staggering understanding of all facets of Berg's score.
****1
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Barbed wire fences and gas masks: Wozzeck in Sydney

Michael Honeyman (Wozzeck) © Keith Saunders
Kentridge’s use of video technology creates another, highly complex, visual score next to Berg’s sonic one.
****1
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Wozzeck goes Norwegian at the Deutsche Oper

Elena Zhidkova (Marie) and Johan Reuter (Wozzeck) © Marcus Lieberenz
The passion of Alban Berg's music under Donald Runnicles fights against a disjointed production by Ole Anders Tandberg.
***11
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Into the abyss: a harrowing Wozzeck in Oslo

Asmik Grigorian (Marie) and Audun Iversen (Wozzeck) © Erik Berg
Christoph Loy's Oslo production of Wozzeck is a dramatic triumph, with gripping performances from a cast led by Audun Iversen's desperate title character.
*****
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Between two worlds: Wozzeck in Düsseldorf

Cornel Frey (Andres) and Bo Skovhus (Wozzeck) © Karl Forster
Stefan Herheim's eagerly awaited production of Berg's Wozzeck distances us from the emotional heart of the tragedy by portraying the story as a hallucinatory death-room experience.
****1
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