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Wozzeck is shaving the Captain, who tells him to go slower and makes fun of him, particularly over the matter of his illegitimate child. Eventually Wozzeck is roused into an indignant answer. The second scene finds Wozzeck and Andres cutting sticks in an inhospitable open field, where Wozzeck seems to fear the noises he hears. Marie, from her house, watches the band march past and is saluted by the Drum Major, who seems to show an interest in her. Wozzeck returns and tries to tell Marie of his fears, to her alarm. The Doctor diagnoses a fixed idea as the source of Wozzeck s difficulties, while the fifth scene returns to Marie, outside her house, where she is seduced by the Drum Major. Marie lulls her child to sleep again and Wozzeck comes in, suspicious of the earrings that the Drum Major has given, which she claims to have found in the street. In the street the Captain tells the Doctor to go slower and the Doctor diagnoses a fatal illness in the Captain. Both mock Wozzeck, when they meet him, laughing at Marie's relationship with the Drum Major. Wozzeck rushes away. He now threatens Marie, who leaves him to himself. In a tavern garden Wozzeck watches Marie and the Drum Major. Others dance and celebrate, but Wozzeck, at the prompting of a Madman, sees only blood. In the guard-room Wozzeck fights with the boasting Drum Major, full of his conquest, and is knocked down. The third act opens in Marie's room, where she reads in the Bible of the woman taken in adultery. In the half-light of evening Marie and Wozzeck walk together along a forest path. He talks of fidelity and love and stabs her. In a tavern Wozzeck drinks to forget, his blood-stained hands noticed by Margret, Marie's neighbour. Wozzeck returns to the forest path, looking for his knife. Stumbling against Marie's body, he finally goes out of his mind, wading into the forest pool, where he drowns. The Doctor and the Captain pass by, unconcerned. The next morning, outside Marie's house, her child plays on his hobby-horse. Another child tells him what has happened, and they go together to see the woman's body. Wozzeck, apart from the relevance and power of its plot, with its associated moral and social connections, is an elaborate musical structure. Berg makes use of a number of traditional forms, incorporated in an over-all pattern of symphonic complexity. The second act starts with a sonata form, followed by a fantasia and fugue, leading to an important slow movement, a scherzo, with two trios and a rondo. The first and third acts are more loosely constructed, but still in a series of established forms. The musical idiom, apart from the forms used, is in part atonal, in part diatonic, with other scale patterns used. Vocally it includes passages of Sprechgesang (sung speech). A concert version of excerpts from the opera, made in 1924, includes parts of all three acts in orchestral form, while Marie's scene, as the band marches past, has an occasional dramatic place in concert programmes.

Author Alban Berg.

Archive listings for Wozzeck

Work type: Opera or Operetta.

T523975203 (SOUTHBANK15)

End time: approx. 21:10Company Zurich Opera. Conductor Fabio Luisi. Company Philharmonia Zurich. Performer Christian Gerhaher (Wozzeck). Performer Gun-Brit Barkmin (Marie). Performer Brandon Jovanovich (Drum Major). Performer Mauro Peter (Andres). Performer Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Captain). Performer Lars Woldt (Doctor). Performer Pavel Daniluk (Craftsman 1). Performer Cheyne Davidson (Craftsman II). Performer Martin Zysset (The Fool). Performer Gun-Brit Barkmin (Marie). Performer Irene Friedli (Margret).
2 Oct 15Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L1193167338

T1166758606 (ROH13)

Running time: 1hr 40mins (with no interval)Producer Royal Opera House. Director Keith Warner. Design Stefanos Lazaridis. Costume Marie-Jeanne Lecca. Lighting Rick Fisher. Conductor Mark Elder. Performer Simon Keenlyside (Wozzeck). Performer Karita Mattila (Marie). Performer Endrik Wottrich (Drum Major). Performer John Tomlinson (Doctor). Performer Gerhard Siegel (Captain). Performer John Easterlin (Andres). Performer Allison Cook (Margret). Performer Jeremy White (First Apprentice). Performer Grant Doyle (Second Apprentice). Performer Robin Tritschler (Half-wit).
31 Oct 13 to 15 Nov 13Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L410755873

T756995829 (ENO13)

Running time: 1hr 45minsProducer English National Opera. Conductor Edward Gardner. Conductor Gergely Madaras (assistant). Director Carrie Cracknell. Design Tom Scutt. Costume Oliver Townsend. Costume Naomi Wilkinson. Lighting Jon Clark. Translation Richard Stokes. Performer Leigh Melrose (Wozzeck). Performer Jakubiak (Marie). Performer Tom Randle (The Captain). Performer James Morris (The Doctor). Performer Bryan Register (The Drum-Major). Performer Adrian Dwyer (Andres). Performer Andrew Greenan (First Watchman). Performer James Cleverton (Second Watchman). Performer Peter Van Hulle (An Idiot). Performer Clare Presland (Margaret).
11 May 13 to 25 May 13London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L01380753596

T02043852674 (WNO09)

Sung in German with English surtitles. Runnint time approx. 95 mins with no interval.Company Welsh National Opera. Company Komische Oper Berlin. Conductor Lothar Koenigs. Director Richard Jones. Design Paul Steinberg. Costume Buki Shiff. Lighting Franck Evin. Director Linda Dobell (movement). Performer Christopher Purves (Wozzeck). Performer Wioletta Chodowicz (Marie). Performer Graham Clark (Captain). Performer Clive Bayley (Doctor). Performer Hubert Francis (Drum Major). Performer Ashley Catling (Andres).
24 Nov 09Mayflower Theatre, Southampton :: V774
listing details L1848319336
12 Nov 09Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol :: V856
listing details L736701841
5 Nov 09New Theatre, Oxford :: V802
listing details L0497188306
15 Oct 09Venue Cymru (formerly - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno :: V848
listing details L821772537
27 Sep 09 to 2 Oct 09Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L01718414610

T01771436014 (ROYALOP05)

Revival. Supported (2002) by The Friends of Covent Garden.Producer Royal Opera House. Conductor Daniel Harding. Director Keith Warner. Design Stefanos Lazaridis. Costume Marie-Jeanne Lecca. Lighting Rick Fisher. Performer Johan Reuter (Wozzeck). Performer Susan Bullock (Marie). Performer Jorma Silvasti (Drum Major). Performer Kurt Rydl (Doctor). Performer Graham Clark (Captain). Performer Peter Bronder (Andres). Performer Claire Powell (Margret). Performer Quentin Hayes (First Apprentice). Performer Jeremy White (Second Apprentice). Performer Francis Egerton (Half-wit).
27 Feb 06 to 13 Mar 06Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L01065149451

T13912088 (WNO05)

Sung in German with surtitles. Running time 1 hr 45 mins.Company Welsh National Opera. Company Komische Oper. Conductor Vladimir Jurowski (except 22 March and 7 April). Director Richard Jones. Design Paul Steinberg. Costume Buki Shiff. Lighting Franck Evin. Performer Christopher Purves (Wozzeck). Performer Peter Hoare (Captain). Performer Gun-Brit Barkmin (Marie). Performer Peter Svensson (Drum-Major). Performer Clive Bayley (Doctor). Performer Matthew Beall (Andres).
14 Apr 05Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol :: V856
listing details L01259187866
7 Apr 05Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool :: V534
listing details L0237788950
1 Apr 05Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L1775455882
22 Mar 05 to 26 Mar 05Mayflower Theatre, Southampton :: V774
listing details L1974299991
19 Feb 05 to 12 Mar 05Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L1077179859

T0941142753 (ROH02)

New Production. Supported (2002) by The Friends in Covent Garden. The production will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Sung in German with English surtitles. Running time 1 hour 38 minutes.Company Royal Opera. Director Keith Warner. Design Stephanos Lazaridis. Costume Marie Jeanne Lecca. Lighting Rick Fisher. Conductor Antonio Pappano. Performer Matthias Goerne (Wozzeck). Performer Katarina Dalayman (Marie). Performer Kim Begley (Drum Major). Performer Graham Clark (Captain). Performer Alasdair Elliott (Andres). Performer Claire Powell (Margret). Performer Eric Halfverson (Doctor). Performer Quentin Hayes (1st apprentice). Performer Jeremy White (2nd apprentice). Performer Francis Egerton (Idiot).
15 Oct 02 to 31 Oct 02Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L02069355946

T01757566206 (ON96)

Company Opera North.
15 Nov 96Hull New Theatre, Hull :: V934
listing details L0431965223
1 Nov 96Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L1035986539
19 Sep 96 to 26 Oct 96Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds :: V975
listing details L1697937970

Other listings

19 Mar 05Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V754
listing details L301974438

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