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Wozzeck to be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Monday 2 December 2013

The Royal Opera’s production of Berg’s 20th-century masterpiece stars Simon Keenlyside, Karita Mattila and John Tomlinson.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

27 November 2013 at 10.49am | 1 Comment

The Royal Opera’s production of Berg’s Wozzeck will be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Monday 2 December at 7.30pm.

The production features a stellar cast including Simon Keenlyside in the title role, Karita Mattila as Marie, John Tomlinson as the Doctor, and Gerhard Siegel as the Captain. Mark Elder conducts.

The Story

Considered one of the most important works of the 20th century, Wozzeck is a harrowing psychological drama based on Georg Büchner’s incomplete play Woyzeck – one of a number of adaptations of the taleThe title character is a poor solder who is battling mental illness while trying to support his common-law wife and son. Exploited by a selfish doctor for medical experimentation and taunted for his poverty and inarticulacy, he spirals into despair, driven to murder the only person he loves. Find out more about Wozzeck with our Opera Essentials series.

The Score

Dramatic, rapturous and – at times – terrifying, Wozzeck received instant acclaim after its premiere in Berlin in 1925. The score is richly varied, vividly depicting the horror of Wozzeck’s near-madness, the sadism of the Doctor and the Captain and the tenderness of Marie. Berg also uses the technique of Sprechgesang, ‘speaking in song’. Wozzeck was the focus of a ROH Insight event we recorded with conductor Mark Elder.

Review

Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review.

Other forthcoming BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera productions include Wagner’s Parsifal, which will be broadcast live on 11 December.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

27 November 2013 at 10.49am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BBC Radio 3, Berg, broadcast, opera, Radio 3, The Royal Opera, Wozzeck

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  1. Anne Aldridge responded on 29 November 2013 at 10:10am Reply

    Best wishes to all the cast of this interesting and complex piece - look forward to the radio transmission!

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