“She was created to incite to sin, to lure, seduce, poison – yea, murder, in a manner no man knows – My pretty beast.” (Frank Wedekind). Alban Berg’s Lulu, based on Wedekind’s plays Erdgeist and Die Büchse der Pandora, can be seen at the Salzburg Festival this year in a new production by Vera Nemirova and with Patricia Petibon in the title role. Marc Albrecht conducts the Vienna Philharmonic.
This year celebrates Alban Berg’s 125th birthday and remembers the 75th anniversary of his death. His musical language and aesthetics are as relevant today as they have ever been.
Lulu is Berg’s second opera, but remained unfinished at his death, with only two of the three acts completed. The unfinished work was given its world première in Zurich in 1937. The Salzburg Festival is presenting the 3 act version of the opera including the third act as completed by Friedrich Cerha in 1978, in which the complete drama of Lulu’s rise and fall is told.
The première will be broadcast on Austrian Radio ORF1 on
Saturday 7 August at 19:30 (Vienna time).
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