- One ticket to Wozzeck, starting from $39
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- This performance will be sung in German with projected English supertitles
Late in Act 2 of Alban Berg’s 100-minute dramatic, suspenseful nihilistic opera, a prophetic fool wanders close to the title character brooding alone at a party and cries out “Lustig, lustig, aber es riecht. Ich riech, ich riech blut!—”Joyful, joyful, but it reeks…I smell, I smell blood!” In other words, don’t expect any cartoon flowers or suns wearing sunglasses in this work. Set against a military backdrop as the world prepares for the Great War, the story begins with rank-and-file soldier Wozzeck degrading himself for his commanding officer and submitting himself to medical experimentation. His only respite? His lover, Marie, and their son. So when he discovers that Marie has succumbed to the charms of a handsome drum major, a cloud of rage threatens to break his thin sanity and make true the prophetic fool’s words.
In this study of victimhood and poverty, Polish bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny brings the same weight to the psychologically tortured title character that he brought to Wotan and Alberich in Vienna State Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. He’s joined by soprano Angela Denoke as Marie—one of her signature roles—singing, as the New York Times writes, “with cool, luminous tone and poignancy.” It all unfolds under the baton Sir Andrew Davis, the Lyric Opera’s music director since 2000 and the chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2013.
Lyric Opera of Chicago
- Founded: 1954
- Home: Civic Opera House, a masterpiece of art deco and art nouveau design opened in 1929
- Mission: to engage audiences with classic operas, lesser-known gems, and new works
- Famous performers: Pavarotti, Maria Callas, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, and Renée Fleming have all graced the stage