WOZZECK

ALBAN BERG (1885–1935)
7 10 13 18 21 July

OPERA IN THREE ACTS
LIBRETTO BY THE COMPOSER BASED ON THE DRAMA WOYZECK (1836) BY GEORG BÜCHNER
FIRST PERFORMED ON 14 DECEMBER 1925 AT THE STAATSOPER UNTER DEN LINDEN, BERLIN

Conductor
Sir Simon Rattle
Stage director
Simon McBurney
Set design
Miriam Buether
Costume design
Christina Cunningham
Lighting design
Paul Anderson
Choreography, collaboration to the stage direction
Leah Hausman
Video
Will Duke
Dramaturgy
Gerard McBurney
Collaboration to the stage direction
Sasha Milavic-Davies
Wozzeck
Christian Gerhaher
Marie
Malin Byström
Tambourmajor
Thomas Blondelle
Doktor
Brindley Sherratt
Hauptmann
Peter Hoare
Andres
Kang Wang
Margret
Héloïse Mas*
Erster Handwerksbursche
Matthieu Toulouse
Zweiter Handwerksbursche
Tomasz Kumięga*
Choir
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Children's choir
Maîtrise des Bouches-du-Rhône
Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
*Former artists of the Académie

NEW PRODUCTION FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE

— WITH THE SUPPORT OF MADAME ALINE FORIEL-DESTEZET, GRANDE MÉCÈNE D'EXCEPTION DES 75 ANS DU FESTIVAL D'AIX-EN-PROVENCE

The audience is struck by an act of continuity in violence, continuity in division and continuity in vision: with all that lies behind the dream, as if the pit of the mind had opened up.

Pierre Jean Jouve and Michel Fano, Wozzeck d’Alban Berg (1964)

Wozzeck is a typical example of the poor humanity of modern times: a brave soldier, scapegoat of a whole social system, who kills his mistress out of jealousy and then commits suicide. The Romantic playwright Büchner painted this vivid portrait in the early days of industrialisation: a relentless movement of objectification of beings that culminates in the mass grave of the First World War – of which Berg's opera is, in its own way, the posttraumatic echo, as much as it prophesies the world to come. For his third time at the Festival, Simon McBurney captures Wozzeck’s last minute, the moment when he drowns, and makes it a spectacular externalisation of his tormented psyche, as well as a grotesque recollection of his obsessions. Sir Simon Rattle will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra and a first-rate cast; Christian Gerhaher brings all his Liedersänger skills
in a subtle and heart-rending incarnation of the title role as a myth of our time.

Friday
07
July
2023
20h00
Grand Théâtre de Provence
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Monday
10
July
2023
20h00
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Thursday
13
July
2023
20h00
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Tuesday
18
July
2023
20h00
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Friday
21
July
2023
20h00
Grand Théâtre de Provence
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Ticket prices: €297, €206, €165, €130, €90, €59, €31
Youth prices: €89, €61, €49, €39, €27, €17, €9
Performance available with ticket packages and Dinner & Opera offer

1 hour and 40 minutes without interval

Sung in German with French and English surtitles

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