17/05/2010

Vienna Festival presents Alban Berg

Reading time: 2 min. Alban Berg

As the Festival writes, “Even today, his musical language and aesthetic are of unbroken timeliness. Alban Berg is a symbolic figure for the music of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century.”

The Vienna Festival honours Berg with productions of his two operas, Wozzeck and Lulu. Wozzeck opened the festival on 15 May in a new production by Stéphane Braunschweig. Daniel Harding conducted the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Theater an der Wien with Angela Denoke in the lead rol. Peter Steins production of Lulu, previously seen in Lyon and Milan and described by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung as “a theatrical story, masterfully told”, comes to Vienna on 11 June. Daniele Gatti also conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Other Berg celebrations at the Festival include a concert by the Ensemble InterContemporain conducted by Pierre Boulez (16 June); an evening of Lieder by Georg Nigl (30 May); and a concert by the RSO Vienna conducted by its new chief conductor Cornelius Meister.

Wozzeck opera in 3 acts (15 scenes)
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, c. Daniel Harding, Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Marie - Angela Denoke, Margret - Magdalena Anna Hofmann, Wozzeck - Georg Nigl, Tambourmajor – Volker Vogel, Andres - Eric Stoklossa, Hauptmann - Andreas Conrad, Doktor - Wolfgang Bankl
dir. Stéphane Braunschweig
15 May 2010 Theater an der Wien
17 May 2010 Theater an der Wien
19 May 2010 Theater an der Wien

Lulu opera in 3 acts
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, c. Daniele Gatti
Laura Aikin, Claudia Nicole Bandera, Pervin Chakar, Magdalena Anna Hofmann, Valdis Jansons, Bertram Klamp, Franz Mazura, Natascha Petrinsky, Thomas Piffka, Johann-Werner Prein, Rudolf Rosen, Roman Sadnik
dir. Peter Stein
11 June 2010 Theater an der Wien
14 June 2010 Theater an der Wien
18 June 2010 Theater an der Wien

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