If you happen to be fond of Opera and in Paris this April, you don’t want to miss this new production of Wozzeck, in Paris Opera Bastille.
It is Alban Berg‘s first opera, which he started composing in 1914, during a leave from the front, for he was a soldier in the Austrian army during World War One, and he finished it in 1922. He wrote the libretto after the unfinished play by Georg Büchner, who died of typhus at the age of 23 in 1837, before he could complete it. In both cases it the work of young artists, haunted by dramatic events. Büchner himself had been inspired by the actual fate of a man named Woyzeck, who had been beheaded after murdering his mistress.
For the first time on a lyric stage, the hero is a poor guy, doomed to hardship and exploitation, and the opera is as free and inventive as it is desperate.
Wozzeck was first staged in 1925, and ever since, each representation is an event. This one is staged by Christoph Marthaler and directed by Sylvain Crambelin, who worked in perfect unity, also with the lead singers, Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck, Angela Denoke as Marie, the orchestra and the children choir, to give the audience a breathtaking show.
It just started last week-end, and next representations are on April 7, 10 (at 20 PM), 13 (at 14.30) and 16, 19 (at 20). Opera Bastille, place de la Bastille 75012 Paris, metro Bastille, tel 33(0)1 72 29 35 35. More information and reservation on : http://www.operadeparis.fr/Saison-2007-2008/Spectacle.asp?IdS=367
To know more about the play as well as the opera, go to : http://www.geocities.com/al6an6erg/wozzeck.html