After wowing audiences with his astounding production of ‘Lulu’ in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Alben Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, ‘Wozzeck’, which comes to cinemas for the first time.
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei as the disturbed title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, alongside a commanding cast that also includes tenor Christopher Ventris, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, and tenor Gerhard Siegel. World Premiere: Staatsoper, Berlin, 1925. One of the emblematic achievements of the thriving artistic forces in Germany and Austria during the brief period between world wars, Wozzeck was a sensation and a scandal at its premiere. Remarkably, it has lost none of its power to fascinate, shock, and engage audiences, and its status as one of the defining musical works of the 20th century has not blunted its vitality. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, and Opera Australia. Sung in German with English subtitles. 120m approx. No Interval.
Tickets £20 (Friends/Students £15)
Sun 12 Jan 15:15 (Delayed live)