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Lulu (2 DVD) - Levine, Migenes , Met Opera

Item# 811357013137

Lulu (2 DVD)

Alban Berg's Lulu has finally made it to the Metropolitan Opera!î declared the New York Times when this production premiered in 1977. This Lulu is an experience that all adventurous music lovers will want to sample. Met Music Director James Levine, long a champion of this groundbreaking work, was the driving artistic force behind Lulu's highly anticipated Met premiere. The riveting singing actress Julia Migenes stars in the title role of this 1980 Live from the Met telecast, in a production by the great John Dexter that the Times called ñthe yearÍs major operatic event. This DVD, featuring Franz Mazura, Evelyn Lear, and Kenneth Riegel, marks the first commercial release of a Lulu recording conducted by Maestro Levine.
Composer: Alban Berg
Release Date: 2010
Conductor: James Levine

Julia Migenes
Evelyn Lear
Kenneth Riegel
Frank Little
Franz Mazura

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Label: MOA

Region: Region Free, Worldwide

Alban Berg's Lulu

One of the most important—not to mention notorious—stage works of the 20th century, Lulu (1935) is the drama of a young woman who sexually and emotionally dominates a wide range of willing victims, both male and female. Herself a victim of society, she seems to embody all the frightening aspects of the human condition, a combination of primal instinct and distinctly modern amorality. Berg’s score employs the twelve-tone technique pioneered by his teacher Arnold Schoenberg but in a keenly dramatic way that makes it accessible to all kinds of audiences. Berg died before completing Act III of the opera, and Lulu was first performed as a fragment. Efforts to finish the score based on Berg’s notes were hindered by his widow and only realized, after her death, by the Austrian composer Friedrich Cerha, in 1977.

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