WOZZECK
by Alban Berg

(after the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner as adapted by Paul Landau)

It is a musical masterpiece that revolutionized 20th-century opera.  It is revolutionary for a number of reasons:

ATONALITY - It is the first atonal work to become part of the operatic repertory, although like most controversial landmark works it took some time getting there.

SUBJECT MATTER - It is an opera less of plot than of anguish - a karmic psychological drama surrounding a lowly soldier humiliated by superiors, trapped in an uncaring world, driven to madness, jealousy and murder - of his woman Marie, his only link to stability.

Scenes from WOZZECK



(Photos: Winnie Klotz, Courtesy Metropolitan Opera)

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On HILDEGARD BEHRENS' portrayal of Marie:

She sings with exhilaration in her voice... Her singing is strong, rich with compassion and vital.  - The NY Times 04/19/99


"...few artists on today's opera stage muster her searing musical and theatrical intelligence. (She) slights neither Marie's voluptuousness, (nor) her genuine love for her child... the chill expectation of death illuminates every gesture. "  - SF Examiner 11/04/99


Hildegard Behrens was on hand to lend the evening some much-needed vocal juice. (She gives a) lustrous performance ...her soprano sounds luminous and finely controlled.... Her lullaby... achingly tender and tuneful and her more vigorous outbursts... powerful... without sounding strident.
-SF Chronicle 11/04/99

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* The audio and video recordings are of her performance at the Vienna State Opera, Claudio Abbado conducting.

HILDEGARD BEHRENS: she makes music worth seeing!

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