Musical direction: Philippe Jordan
Production: Simon Stone
Premiere: 21. 3. 2022
Alban Berg’s Wozzeck narrates the story of a tormented creature that is beset by visions and fears, is laughed at and tormented by society, and ultimately gets driven out of his own existence. Before the final catastrophe takes place, the desperate man murders his beloved and finds death under the waters. Berg’s benchmark opera is based on the fragment of a drama by Georg Büchner (1836/37) in which he describes this hopelessness of man in the face of those who determine his circumstances: a common soldier becomes a victim of the pathological malice of his fellow men, he must submit because of social need and poverty, is lost into madness, and also breaks down as a result of the infidelity of the mother of his child.