Berg - Lulu (Blu-ray)
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Label: Bel Air
Cat No: BAC429
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 8th September 2017
A sensuous and impenetrable opera, Berg’s masterpiece depicts the burning and sometimes bestial intensity of human relationships through the figure of Lulu, the true femme fatale, bearer of an enigma that haunts us way beyond the end of the opera. Venenous, sibylline, deathly for who approaches her, the dangerous Lulu destroys the established and bourgeois order she evolves in, carrying away with her all certainty, just like the audacious and demanding musical language Berg invented to give form to this unreachable character. Frank Wedekind’s work proved indeed to be an extremely fertile ground for the dodecaphonic composer’s imagination, and gave birth to one of the most singular and ambitious work of art of the twentieth century.
With the privilege of a dream cast, gathering Berg’s best interpreters, this new production of Lulu is conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov. A visionary genius considered as the contemporary stage ‘enfant terrible’, it is with a shattering realism that he directs those characters, hostages to their own passions and darkest fantasies, and reveals the complexity of this great human and social tragedy. Marlis Petersen is Lulu, a role she was then singing for the ninth time, and which awarded her, for this production, the title of ‘singer of the year’ by German magazine Opernwelt.
- Lulu: Marlis Petersen
- Countess Geschwitz: Daniela Sindram
- A Theatrical Dresser / A Schoolboy / A Valet: Rachael Wilson
- The Doctor / The Banker / The Professor: Christian Rieger
- The Painter / The Negro: Rainer Trost
- Dr Schön / Jack the Ripper: Bo Skhovus
- Alwa: Matthias Klink
- An Animal Tamer / An Athlete: Martin Winkler
- The Prince / The Manservant / The Marquis: Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
- The Theatre Manager: Christoph Stephinger
- The Police Commissioner: Nicholas Reinke
- A Fifteen-year-old Girl: Elsa Benoit
- Her Mother: Cornelia Wulkopf
- A Woman Artist: Heike Grötzinger
- A Journalist: John Carpenter
- A Manservant: Leonard Bernad
- Schigolch: Pavlo Hunka
Stage direction and sets: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Costumes: Elena Zaytseva
Lights: Gleb Filshtinsky
Dramaturgy: Malte Krasting
HD recording: Bayerische Staatsoper, May 2015
Directed and edited for TV by Andy Sommer
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