Winner of the International Classical Music Award 2017 (ICMA) in the category «DVD Performance»



Opera based on Georg Büchner's drama fragment

The soldier Wozzeck flits through a world that he is unable to decipher. The doctor torments him with absurd medical experiments; the captain humiliates and ridicules him. And Wozzeck’s lover, Marie, with whom he has a child, cuckolds him with the drum major. Wozzeck becomes a murderer, stabbing Marie to death. Georg Büchner’s drama fragment, on which Alban Berg based his first opera, is an unflinching case study of social injustice and human suffering. But it is also a grotesque piece that thrives on exaggeration – and in which only a fine line separates the unfathomable from the ridiculous. Accordingly, director Andreas Homoki forgoes all realism. His nightmarishly radical production is inspired by puppet theatre. Christian Gerhaher’s role début as Wozzeck can only be described as sensational: his capacity for vocal and dramatic subtlety is simply breath-taking. At the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi explores both the expressionistic and the more intimate aspects, reminiscent of chamber music, in Berg’s seminal score.

Fabio Luisi Conductor
Andreas Homoki Stage Director
Michael Levine Set and Costume Designer
Meta Bronski Costume Assistant
Franck Evin Lighting Designer
Jürg Hämmerli Chorus Master

Christian Gerhaher Wozzeck
Brandon Jovanovich Drum Major
Mauro Peter Andres
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke Captain
Lars Woldt Doctor
Gun-Brit Barkmin Marie

Philharmonia Zürich
Chor der Oper Zürich

Alban Berg

Recorded live at the Opernhaus Zürich, September 2015
in German
Subtitles: German, English, French
DVD 100.58 min
Picture Format NTSC 16:9
Sound Formats PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region Code 0 (weltweit)
Disc Format DVD-9

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