Deborah Voigt and Thomas Hampson take a real departure from their usual operatic fare to play the leading roles in Wozzeck, Alban Berg’s 20th century masterpiece of murder and alienation. Widely regarded as one of opera’s most versatile singers, Voigt has scaled the heights of Wagner’s Ring Cycle and kicked up her heels in the musical comedy Annie Get Your Gun. Hampson is said to be one of the world’s pre-eminent classical singers with a repertoire ranging from Verdi to Mozart to Puccini. The Met’s music director maestro James Levine conducts Wozzeck's demanding score.
Based on Georg Buchner’s play, the story follows a simple soldier buffeted by the winds of fate until he resists and meets a cruel demise. Wozzeck is taunted by his captain for having a child by Marie without marrying her. The solider explains he is too poor to afford marriage. In addition to oppression from his military superiors, he submits himself to medical experiments by an officious doctor in order to earn extra money. Beset by nightmarish visions, Wozzeck seeks comfort from Marie, who had cheated on him with a handsome drum major. When Wozzeck discovers Marie’s betrayal, he stabs her to death. In a final absurd moment, the bedeviled solider drowns while trying to hide the murder weapon.
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Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in German with Met Titles in English, German, and Spanish
One hour and 45 minutes (no intermission)
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Did you know?
Berg began work on Wozzeck in 1914, but put it aside to fight with the Austrian Army during World War I. He was not able to return to the opera until he was on leave from his regiment in 1917 and 1918. He completed it in 1922 and the work premiered in 1925.
Wozzeck is regarded as the first opera composed in the 20th century avant-garde style, employing atonality.
Fans of Voigt and Hampson will want to see them in startlingly different roles.
Good for kids?
This avant-garde, modernist work is not appropriate for children.
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