30 September 2013 at 1.25pm | Comment on this article
Keith Warner’s Olivier Award-winning production of Berg’s psychological drama Wozzeck opens on 31 October, a fittingly haunting experience for Halloween Night.
The opera, based on the incomplete play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner, follows the tragic story of the mentally disturbed Wozzeck and his ill-fated love Marie. Berg’s score, both rapturous and terrifying, ranges from discordant depictions of growing madness to passages of great beauty.
‘The trailer reflects the beautiful but terrifying nature of Berg’s music,’ explains trailer director Jack Pirie. ‘We shot the trailer at night using predominately slow motion to create the tense, unnerving atmosphere that underpins the opera.’
The production, which marked Warner’s directorial debut at the Royal Opera House, is set in a stark, claustrophobic white-tiled laboratory. Find out more about the staging.
Star baritone Simon Keenlyside, who sings the title role, leads a superb cast including Karita Mattila as Marie, Endrik Wottrich as the Drum Major, and John Tomlinson and Gerhard Siegel in the roles of the sadistic Doctor and Captain. Mark Elder conducts.