Alban Berg died before he could finish his opera Lulu. His early death prevented the complete orchestration of the third act, which is only available as a short-score. Berg wrote his “Symphonic Pieces from the Opera Lulu”, the Lulu-Suite, a year before his death, in order to give the eagerly expectant music world an impression of his new creation.
After a long and thorough study of all the related material and similar consideration of the positive and negative aspects involved, Friedrich Cerha decided to make a playable version of Act III. He worked on it from 1962 to 1974 and, after Helene Berg died, he revised it again in 1976 –1977 and 1981 in light of newly accessible sources.
Since comparison of the short score and the full score of the first two acts and the orchestrated parts of Act III shows that there are no significant divergences, Cerha saw no reason why he should not adhere to the layout as it was set down in the short score.
Berg's Lulu receives its première on August 22 at Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile. Lauren Snouffer sings the leading role; Juan Pablo Izquierdo conducts Mariame Clément's staging.
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