Alban Berg


An opera in three acts by Alban Berg

Libretto: Alban Berg based on Georg Büchner's Woyzeck

Recording Date: Spring 2017

Place: Dutch National Opera

Sung in German with English subtitles

Alban Berg's Wozzeck

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Austrian composer Alban Berg, a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg, attended the premiere of Georg Büchners play ‘’Woyzeck’’ on May 5, 1914 in Vienna and immediately found the inspiration to compose his opera Wozzeck. His plans were interrupted due to military service in WWI and the opera was finally finished in 1921. The world premiere took place at the Berlin State Opera December 14, 1925, conducted by Erich Kleiber. The composition was deeply influenced by Berg’s experience during the war, and is considered an expressionist masterpiece of the 20th century.

One of the most powerful and revolutionary works of the 20th century, we are thrilled to present filmmaker Francois Roussillon’s production of Wozzeck from the Dutch National Opera in a staging by Krzysztof Warlikowski and described by Gramophone’s Peter Quantrill as ‘among the most beautifully played and sung accounts on record and film’.

With the support of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée

Conductor Marc Albrecht
Stage Director, Set & Lighting Krzysztof Warlikowski
Set Designer Malgorzata Szczesniak
Lighting Designer Felice Ross
Video Designer Denis Gueguin
Choreographer Claude Bardouil
Dramaturg Christian Longchamp

Wozzeck Christopher Maltman
Marie Eva-Maria Westbroek
Drum Major Frank van Aken
Hauptmann/Der Narr Marcel Beekman
DoktorSir Willard White
Andres Jason Bridges
Margret Ursula Hesse von den Steinen
1. Handwerksbursche Scott Wilde
2. Handwerksbursche Morschi Franz
Orchester Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest Orchestra Chorus of the Dutch National Opera New Amsterdam Childrens Chorus