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Wozzeck

Berg

Wozzeck

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseJanuary 25 – February 15, 2019

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Fri 25.1.19
7:30 PM
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Wed 30.1.19
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Sat 2.2.19
1:00 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Wed 6.2.19
7:30 PM
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Sat 9.2.19
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Tue 12.2.19
7:30 PM
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Fri 15.2.19
7:30 PM
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Wozzeck is running, always running, with his shadow in pursuit.

He is poor, and he is weary. He is used, and used up. He is a brute, ruled by brutes.

And now his mind is imploding.

Berg’s fascinating opera is a portrait of a ravaged man, drawn with vivid clarity through unsettling music and sharp, structured scenes.

One of the most exciting visual artists of our generation, William Kentridge, directs and illustrates this extraordinary production, a collaboration between Opera Australia, the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival and the Canadian Opera Company.

Kentridge’s haunting illustrations offer a window into the carnage of Wozzeck’s world. Charcoal drawings fill the stage, frenetic scribbles are illuminated and then erased, as we wonder, with Wozzeck, what is real.

At its Salzburg premiere, The New York Times recorded the audience “seemed stunned at the end, yet grateful”. The Telegraph called it “completely enthralling ★★★★★”, the Financial Times labelled it “a breathtaking reassessment of Berg’s masterpiece… a work of art across many genres.”

After his triumph in King Roger in 2017, baritone Michael Honeyman tackles another major 20th-century title role, alongside a talented cast led by Andrea Molino as conductor.



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William KentridgeTo coincide with Wozzeck, William Kentridge will give a talk at the Sydney Opera House on 22 January. There will also be exhibitions of Kentridge's work at the Art Gallery of NSW and Annandale Galleries.


Conductor Andrea Molino
Director William Kentridge
Co-Director Luc De Wit
Set Designer Sabine Theunissen
Costume Designer Greta Goiris
Lighting Designer Urs Schönebaum
Projection Designer Catherine Meyburgh
Video Operator Kim Gunning
Assistant Director Constantine Costi
   
Wozzeck Michael Honeyman
Marie Lorina Gore
The Drum-Major John Daszak
The Captain John Longmuir
Doctor Richard Anderson
Margret Dominica Matthews
Andres Virgilio Marino
1st Apprentice Gennadi Dubinsky
2nd Apprentice Sitiveni Talei
Madman Shanul Sharma
Tenor Solo Brad Cooper
Puppeteer/Actor Andrea Fabi

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Children's Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra 


Running time: approximately 1 hour & 40 minutes, with no interval.


Sung in German with English surtitles.


A co-production between Salzburg Festival, Opera Australia, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto.

Principal Patrons

Catriona and Simon Mordant AM


Production Partner

Syndicate 30


In association with

Sydney Festival


Photos taken by Ruth Walz at Salzburg Festival in 2017.

“A stupendous, faith-restoring production”

—The Telegraph UK
The StoryHide

It’s a harsh world for the poor, and Wozzeck is suffering in it.

To support his illegitimate child, Wozzeck works for the cruel Captain and subjects himself to the Scientist’s experiments.

But Wozzeck’s mind is betraying him, and when the Captain suggests that his child’s mother may not be faithful, Wozzeck finds himself on the edge of an abyss.

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