Wozzeck (DVD) - Vienna State Opera
Claudio Abbado conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera in a powerful recording of Alban Berg's influential opera, Wozzeck, a terrifyingly great portrayal of a soldier who is tormented and mocked by his superiors until he loses reason. Peter Mussbach's highly stylized production heightens the emotional intensity of this searing work and becomes an agonizing lament over lost innocence.
Composer: Alban Berg
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Ensemble: Chorus of the Vienna State Opera
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
Running Time: 90 minutes
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Alban Berg’s Wozzeck
Berg’s landmark work, based on Georg Büchner’s unfinished play, changed the operatic landscape when it premiered in Berlin in 1925. A searing portrayal of an oppressed individual in a hostile society, set to an atonal score, it has remained as relevant and contemporary ever since.
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