BergWozzeck (c.90 mins)
Sung in German with English supertitles
Wozzeck Roman Trekel
Drum-Major Thomas Blondelle
Captain Tom Randle
Doctor Nathan Berg
The Choristers of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh
Donald Runnicles conductor
Kenneth Richardson director
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
“Wretches like us – we’ll always be cursed, in this world and the next”. Wozzeck is at the bottom of the heap – an underdog made for kicking, and a soft target for the powerful, the cynical and the cruel. And as his spirit reaches snapping point, Alban Berg’s devastating opera tells the story in some of the most searching – and searing – music of the 20th century. Wozzeck is one of those dramas that everyone needs to experience for themselves, and this semi-staged performance, with Donald Runnicles conducting some of the finest living interpreters of these roles, will leave you reeling.
There will be no interval in this performance.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Douglas Jarman, author of The Music of Alban Berg, introduces Wozzeck.
There will be no coda after this concert.