16/05/2017

Lulu in Rome

Reading time: 1 min. Alban Berg

Berg’s opera seems an indisputable candidate for the greatest opera of the 20th century. (Philip Hensher, The Guardian, 1 June 2009)

Lulu is the object of desire of all the men in the opera—but she can’t be the woman the men imagine her to be or project onto her. She can never fulfill all the desires of both being the femme fatale and the faithful, quiet wife, just as the men can never be the people that Lulu hopes they will be. And in each case, this impossibility of desire ends in disaster. (William Kentridge, www.metopera.org, 9 October 2015)

Alban Berg’s Lulu runs from 19 until 30 May at the Opera di Roma. Alejo Pérez conducts William Kentridge’s highly acclaimed production – which previously was performed in Amsterdam, New York and London. Agneta Eichenholz sings the title role (on 30 May Dísella Lárusdóttir will play Lulu).

Watch a silent film by Kentridge:

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