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Alban Berg (1885 – 1935)

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Opera in three acts (15 scenes)
Text by Alban Berg after the play "Woyzeck" by Karl Georg Büchner edited by Karl Emil Franzos
First performed on 14. December, 1925 at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 5. October, 2018

In German language with German and English surtitels

1 hour 45 mins / no interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance



Donald Runnicles
Stephan Zilias (13.10.2018)

Stage Director

Ole Anders Tandberg

Set design

Erlend Birkeland

Costume design

Maria Geber

Light design

Ellen Ruge

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines

Children's Chorus

Christian Lindhorst


Jörg Königsdorf


Johan Reuter


Thomas Blondelle


Burkhard Ulrich


Seth Carico
Andrew Harris (08.11.2018 | 15.11.2018)

Der Narr

Andrew Dickinson


Annika Schlicht
Amber Fasquelle (08.11.2018 | 15.11.2018)

1. Handwerksbursch

Tobias Kehrer
Byung Gil Kim (19.10.2018 | 08.11.2018 | 15.11.2018)

2. Handwerksbursch

Philipp Jekal
Bryan Murray (19.10.2018 | 08.11.2018 | 15.11.2018)

About the performance

20th century opera began with WOZZECK. No other work was destined to be more influential in defining the development of musical theatre than Alban Berg’s work, which set Büchner’s play to music and premiered in 1925. Berg does not narrate the tale of Wozzeck’s murder of his friend, Marie, and his subsequent suicide as a grand drama of emotions but rather depicts his characters through the kaleidoscope of an alienating musical language. The story centres on a maltreated being whose collected deeds are purely a reflection of the treatment to which he is subjected on a daily basis. As such, Berg’s Wozzeck is not so much culpable as sick, a man driven mad by wretchedness and humiliation. This new production marks the return of WOZZECK to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, which, in the 1960s, hosted a pioneering version of the work with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the title role.

For the new production the opera house secured the services of one of the highest-profile Scandinavian directors working today, the Norwegian Ole Anders Tandberg, who has already staged Shostakovich’s LADY MACBETH OF THE MTSENSK DISTRICT and Bizet’s CARMEN at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The title role is taken by the charismatic Danish baritone Johan Reuter, whose performances in the Bismarckstraße have included central characters such as Verdi’s Nabucco and Strauss’s Barak in THE WOMAN WITHOUT A SHADOW.

Our Sponsors

Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V. and Fleurop
The Children’s Chorus is ponsored by Dobolino e.V. [the support association for the Children’s Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin] and Berliner Volksbank.