WOZZECK

Alban Berg (1885 — 1935)

Grand Théâtre de Provence
30 June
3 7 10 13 July
OPERA IN THREE ACTS
LIBRETTO BY THE COMPOSER BASED ON THE DRAMA WOYZECK (1836) BY GEORG BÜCHNER IN THE EDITION OF KARL EMIL FRANZOS (1879)
FIRST PERFORMED THE 14TH OF DECEMBER 1925 AT THE STAATSOPER UNTER DEN LINDEN, BERLIN
Conductor
Sir Simon Rattle
Stage Director
Simon McBurney
Dramaturge
Gerard McBurney
Stage Designer
Miriam Buether
Costume Designer
Moritz Junge
Lighting Designer
Paul Anderson
Video
William Duke
Choreographer, Associate Stage Director
Leah Hausman*
Wozzeck
Christian Gerhaher
Marie
Anja Kampe
Tambourmajor
Daniel Brenna
Hauptmann
Peter Hoare
Doktor
Brindley Sherratt
Andres
Evan LeRoy Johnson
Margret
J'Nai Bridges
1. Handwerkbursch
Alexander Kiechle
2. Handwerkbursch
Tomasz Kumięga*
Der Narr
Graham Clark
Chorus
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Children Choir
Maîtrise des Bouches-du-Rhône
Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
* former artists of the Académie

NEW PRODUCTION OF THE FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
A COPRODUCTION WITH TEATRO DI SAN CARLO, NAPLES

I ask you now whether that law is truly just which orders the man who has nothing to respect another who has everything?

Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade: Philosophy in the Bedroom, 1795

Wozzeck shaves his Captain. Wozzeck serves as a guinea pig for a Doctor. Wozzeck is always running and has no time. Wozzeck, this brave soldier, also has a companion by the name of Marie, with whom he has had a child out of wedlock. But it is said that Marie is cheating on Wozzeck with the Drum Major…. From this timeless yarn (based, however, on a brutal true story), Georg Büchner wove an unfinished play, a series of scenes with no defined order, and transformed Wozzeck into the symbol of all poor individuals, scorned by others, who seek refuge in a madness that borders on the poetic. At the dawn of the twentieth century, Alban Berg changed “Woyzeck” to “Wozzeck” and gave the drama more intensity, more punch. With its vertiginously perfect form and a nearly-unbearable lyricism, his opera has become a classic. Here, it is only improved by conductor Sir Simon Rattle—directing the London Symphony Orchestra—and is made more poignantly universal by Simon McBurney—a giant of the theatre—and Christian Gerhaher— an artist and poet born to sing this role.

Tuesday 30 June 2020
8:00pm
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Friday 3 July 2020
8:00pm
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Tuesday 7 July 2020
8:00pm
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Friday 10 July 2020
8:00pm
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Monday 13 July 2020
8:00pm
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Tickets: €30, €55, €80, €120, €160, €200, €290
Youth Ticket: €9
Family Opera tariff
Performance available with the Ticket Package and Prestige Offers

1 hour and 40 minutes without interval

Sung in German with French and English surtitles