November 01. 2015 - November 21. 2015

Upcoming Dates

November 01. 2015 - November 21. 2015

New Production Wozzeck

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

  • Language: In German with projected English title
  • Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes (no intermission)
  • Location: Lyric Opera House


by Alban Berg

Warner Classics – Skovhus, Denoke, cond. Metzmacher
Warner Classics is the Official Education and Promotion Music Provider of Lyric Opera.

“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.

© 2015/16 Lyric Opera Commentaries
Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Classics. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.
A project of the Women’s Board.


PLACE: A town with a barracks and university.

Meet the artists

* Lyric debut
** Ryan Opera Center alumnus
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

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