Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
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.
Enjoy dinner before the opera at Sydney Opera House
Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 6pm at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $69, including a glass of Mascareri Prosecco on arrival. View the menu.
Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting tickets. If you already have tickets, simply sign in to your account and go to 'upcoming performances' to add a dinner reservation.
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|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|
|The Drum-Major||John Daszak|
|The Captain||John Longmuir|
|1st Apprentice||Gennadi Dubinsky|
|2nd Apprentice||Sitiveni Talei|
|Tenor Solo||Brad Cooper|
Opera Australia Children's Chorus
Running time: approximately 1 hour & 30 minutes, with no interval.
A co-production between Salzburg Festival, Opera Australia, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto.
Catriona and Simon Mordant AM
In association with
Photos taken by Ruth Walz at Salzburg Festival in 2017.
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 Doctor'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.
Dinner at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 6pm at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.
You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $69, including a glass of Mascareri Prosecco on arrival. Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your tickets.
A glass of Mascareri Prosecco NV
Warm bread roll with Pepe Saya butter (gluten free available)
Confit Atlantic salmon, pickled cucumber salad, ginger, coriander, mint GF, DF
Spiced gazpacho, Mediterranean avocado salsa, almond skordalia VEGAN, DF
Rangers Valley slow-cooked beef brisket, spiced malt jus, white onion purée GF
Polenta verde, kale pesto, ricotta, blistered tomato, grilled fennel V
Summer leaves, young sprouts, chardonnay vinaigrette VEGAN, DF ($7)
Vanilla mousse, brown sugar meringue, berries, lime, olive oil curd GF
Published menu is subject to change without notice. Specific dietary requirements can be accommodated on request with 48 hours notice; please send us an email after booking.