Alban Berg: Wozzeck

Coproduction: Unitel GmbH & Co. KG in cooperation with Salzburg Festival, Wiener Philharmoniker, and ARTE Concert (Munich, Germany)
November 29 20:00 - Horizons

Duration: 1h 45'
In German with Hungarian, Romanian and English subtitles.
Available: 24 hours
Age recommendation: 12+

Wozzeck: Matthias Goerne
Drum Major: John Daszak
Andres: Mauro Peter
Captain: Gerhard Siegel
Doctor: Jens Larsen
First Apprentice: Tobias Schabel
Second Apprentice: Huw Montague Rendall
Madman: Heinz Göhrig
Marie: Asmik Grigorian
Margret: Frances Pappas

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor
Wiener Philharmoniker

Co-Stage Director: Luc De Wit
Set Designer: Sabine Theunissen
Costume Designer: Greta Goiris
Lighting Designer: Urs Schönebaum
Video Design & Editor: Catherine Meyburgh
Video Control: Kim Gunning
Video Director: Tiziano Mancini

With a “breathtaking reassessment” (Financial Times) of Berg’s monumental opera Wozzeck, universal artist William Kentridge, who already made headlines with his stagings of The Nose and Lulu, debuts at the Salzburg Festival. The cast is headed by Matthias Goerne, one of the leading baritones of our time, accompanied by Lithuanian star soprano Asmik Grigorian as his lover Marie.
It was in 1917, precisely a hundred years before this new staging, when Alban Berg decided to set into music Georg Büchner’s literary fragment Woyzeck that tells how a simple army batman, much put upon, suddenly explodes into violence.
With inviting William Kentridge – internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, theatre and opera productions – as stage director, the Salzburg Festival has revived the tradition of giving the fine arts significant scope. Kentridge’s work oscillates between mediums and genres, his drawing constituting an integral part of his animation and filmmaking practice. According to this style the set of Wozzeck is dominated by a mountain of platforms, staircase fragments and discarded furniture, where spaces are created by projections of animated drawings.

William Kentridge:
Praemium Imperiale 2019 (category painting)
Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy 2010
International Feltrinelli Prize 2018 

Matthias Goerne:
Echo Klassik 2017: Singer of the Year
Participation in several recordings which have received the Grammy Award, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, ICMA Award 2014, Diapason d’or, Gramophone Award, BBC Music Magazine Award

Asmik Grigorian:
International Opera Awards 2019: Best Singer
Austrian Music Theatre Awards 2019:  Best Leading Role (Salome)
Opernwelt Magazine Critics’ Choice 2019: Singer of the Year

Vladimir Jurowski:
International Opera Awards 2018: Best Conductor

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