New Production Wozzeck

By Alban Berg

  • Language - In German with projected English title
  • Running Time - 1 hour 40 minutes (no intermission)

Raw, powerful, and transformational in its emotional punch and musical form, Wozzeck is an opera that's meant to shake an audience to its core. Sir David McVicar makes his triumphant return to Lyric to deliver a heart-stopping new production of this 20th-century masterpiece.

Wozzeck, a poverty-stricken soldier, is working to support Marie and their young son, born out of wedlock. Mocked, discounted, and abused by his superiors, when he is cheated on by the only woman he loves, he finally snaps — driven to madness and murder. All that remains is a lonely little boy to remind the world that once there was a man named Wozzeck.

Sir Andrew Davis conducts a work he considers one of the most important pieces written in the 20th century, with a stellar cast that includes Tomasz Konieczny, a favored headliner all across Europe, and Angela Denoke, in one of her signature roles, "dramatically as well as vocally transcendent." Neue Zürcher Zeitung

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This production of Wozzeck was presented at Lyric November 1 – 21, 2015. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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by Alban Berg

Warner Classics – Skovhus, Denoke, cond. Metzmacher

“Du, der Platz ist verflucht!”
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“Und ist kein Betrug”
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by Alban Berg

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Commentary by Sir Andrew Davis in collaboration with Jack Zimmerman
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Wozzeck Synopsis

PLACE: A town with a barracks and university.

Meet The Artists

Tomasz Konieczny


Angela Denoke


Gerhard Siegel


Stefan Vinke

Drum Major

Brindley Sherratt


David Portillo


Jill Grove


Brenton Ryan


Bradley Smoak

1st Apprentice

Anthony Clark Evans

2nd Apprentice

Alec Carlson


Sir Andrew Davis


Sir David McVicar


Vicki Mortimer


Paule Constable

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Andrew George


New Lyric Opera production generously made possible by The Monument Trust (UK) and Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, with additional support from Robert L. Turner.

Photo: Cory Weaver