Sung in German with subtitles in English
Co-production with the National Theatre in Prague
She is a vision of freedom too pure to be allowed to last
Everyone is drawn to Lulu, intoxicated by her; those in her thrall are like moths to a flame. Her flame burns bright and fast but sooner or later it will be extinguished by the very things it once fed upon.
Berg’s second and final opera is a masterpiece – total theatre. Anyone wishing to see the greatest works in the repertoire must include Lulu in their list. Few composers invite their audiences unflinchingly to confront humanity’s darkest regions in the way that Berg does here. Lulu promises a shattering but rewarding experience for those who encounter it.
Welsh National Opera has an important association with this great composer’s work: WNO gave the first British performances of Lulu in the 1970s and won acclaim and awards for our 2005 production of Wozzeck. David Pountney is one of the world’s most influential opera directors. This production of Lulu is his first new production in his role as our Chief Executive and Artistic Director.
Conductor: Lothar Koenigs
Director: David Pountney
Lulu Olga Pasichnyk
Countess Geschwitz Natascha Petrinsky
Wardrobe Mistress/Schoolboy Patricia Orr
Doctor Schön/Jack the Ripper Ashley Holland
Alwa Peter Hoare
Schigolch Richard Angas
Animal Tamer/Acrobat Robert Poulton
Prince/Manservant/Marquis Alan Oke
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Running Time: 3hrs 30mins (approx)
Interval information: Two Intervals