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Metropolitan Opera: Wozzeck

Closed January 22, 2020

Berg's disturbing, exhilarating and psychological drama.

Why See Metropolitan Opera: Wozzeck?

Classical & Opera

BRAND NEW PRODUCTION From William Kentridge.

Poverty, pain, and passion lead the poor Wozzeck down a perilous path of destruction in Alban Berg's uncompromising opera. Often regarded as a masterpiece of the 20th Century, Wozzeck shows us the sharp, transformative power of exploitation and brutality, told with virtuosity by a monumentally emotional score. 

William Kentridge returns to the Met Opera following his debut work Lulu in 2015. Updating the tale of the doomed soldier to a visceral pre-WWI apocalyptic landscape.

What is the story?

Constantly taunted by his peers and superiors, poverty-stricken soldier Wozzeck is unable even to find solace in his home life, with partner Maire looking for consolation elsewhere and their son an outcast for being illegitimate. Rage and anxiety burn through him - possibly at the fault of an experimental doctor - but the psychosis grows into violent insanity in this sad tome of hardship and revenge, proving that some things are not always worth forgiveness.

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Opening night: 27 December 2019


Sung in German with Met titles in English, German and Spanish

Run time

One hour and 32 minutes with one intermission

Cast and Creative


Peter Mattei as Wozzeck
Elza van den Heever as Marie
Tamara Mumford as Margaret
Christopher Ventris as The Drum Major
Gerhard Siegel as The Captain
Andrew Staples as Andres
Christian Van Horn as The Doctor


Conductor - Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Composer & Librettist - Berg
Production - William Kentridge
Co-director - Luc De Wit
Projections - Catherine Meyburgh
Set - Sabine Theunissen
Costume - Greta Goiris
Lighting - Urs Schonebaum

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