Introduction Program Artistic profile Gallery More info The Gran Teatre del Liceu mourns the death of Teresa Berganza. We dedicate the perfomances of Wozzeck to her memory. An elaborate, sublime, total art work On 5 May 1914, Alban Berg attended the first performance of the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. The story impressed him so deeply that he decided to use it for an opera. He completed the score in 1922, interweaving some of his own experiences on the staff of the Austrian Ministry of War during World War I into the plot. Today, as at the time of the premiere, it evokes the brutality and despair of a society crushed by the horrors of warfare. Wozzeck was an instant success and is considered a masterpiece of the Vienna School. The powerful blend of music and drama, amplified by Berg's Expressionist technique, converted it into a source of inspiration and a cry of protest. Beyond its literal interpretation, the tale has a tragic dimension which endows it with universal relevance, highlighting factors inherent to the human condition such as life, love, desire and death. Wozzeck is a soldier who lives a life of poverty and alienation and who succumbs, humiliated, to the harsh laws of exploitation and abuse. A victim of an army doctor's cruel experiments, he is forced by his captain to carry out the most servile of tasks, becoming an object rather than a human being and the property of the dominant class. The home he shares with his common-law wife Marie and their son are his true paradise but Marie betrays him with the Drum Major, plunging him into a vortex of rage and self-destructive jealousy. Wozzeck is at war with the world but is also waging an inner, mental combat against himself. This magnificent production brings together an outsize Matthias Goerne in the leading role, conductor Josep Pons, well known as an inspired exponent of this repertory, and a mise-en-scène by South African artist and stage director William Kentridge. First staged at the Salzburg Festival, it is an elaborate, sublime, total art work replete with Kentridge's characteristic techniques – projections, charcoal drawings, criticism based on the absurd, scenery from the Johannesburg area –, all of which underscores the Wozzeck's relentless dehumanization. Mankind files past us in the concluding danse macabre, but where is it heading? PARADISE in the family home and the couple With the collaboration of: Wozzeck Opera in three acts divided into fifteen scenes. Libretto by the composer, based on the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. World premiere: 14/12/1925 at the Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin. Barcelona premiere: 30/12/1964 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 17/01/2006. Total number of Liceu performances: 19. Approximate running time 1h 25m Artistic profileStage directorWilliam KentridgeStage codirectorLuc de WitSetSabine TheunissenCostumesGreta GoirisLightingUrs SchönebaumVideo artistCatherine Meyburgh and Kim GunningProductionSalzburger FestspieleChorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona (Pablo Assante, director)Children's choir Vivaldi - IPSI - Petits Cantors de Catalunya (Òscar Boada, director)Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del LiceuConductorJosep PonsCastWozzeckMatthias GoerneDrum MajorTorsten KerlAndresPeter TantsitsCaptainMikeldi AtxalandabasoDoctorPeter RoseFirst apprenticeScott WildeSecond apprenticeÄneas HummMadmanBeñat EgiarteMarieAnnemarie KremerMargretRinat ShahamDebut LiceuMatthias GoerneTorsten Kerl Peter Tantsits Beñat EgiarteÄneas Humm Annemarie KremerRinat Shaham Cast Change Soprano Annemarie Kremer performs the part of Marie, replacing Elena Zhidkova, who withdraws due to illness. May 202222Sunday17:00Turn T25Wednesday19:00Turn B28Saturday19:00Turn PB30Monday19:00Turn AJune 20222Thursday19:00Turn DAD4Saturday19:00Turn C Programa de mà T'oferim l'opció de descarregar-te el programa de mà de forma gratuïta. DESCARREGAR Playlist Highlights from the opera Wozzeck, selected by Víctor García de Gomar, artistic director of the Liceu. Wozzeck (© Salzburger Festspiele / Ruth Walz) Wozzeck (© Salzburger Festspiele / Ruth Walz) Wozzeck (© Salzburger Festspiele / Ruth Walz) Wozzeck (© Salzburger Festspiele / Ruth Walz) Wozzeck (© Salzburger Festspiele / Ruth Walz) Wozzeck (© Salzburger Festspiele / Ruth Walz) La veu del Liceu 'Wozzeck' és una poderosa metàfora sobre la condició humana. T'oferim un seguit d'articles, reportages i entrevistes per complementar aquesta proposta extraordinària. Information of Interest Cronologia liceista AQUÍ posem a disposició la relació històrica de funcions de Wozzeck d'Alban Berg al Gran Teatre del Liceu.