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Wozzeck, by Alban Berg


Zürich Opera House / Zurich / Music

Alban Berg’s first opera, Wozzeck, was acclaimed as modernist masterpiece. Premiered in 1925, it told the story of a common soldier bewildered by his world and cuckolded by his wife. This stripped yet rich production of 2015—set within an abstract set of frames-within-frames that float and tip and recede to a vanishing point of sanity—excited instant acclaim and gave the baritone Christian Gerhaher a triumph in the title role. Now it is reprised, with Gerhaher. A don’t miss. —L.J.

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Zürich Opera House Falkenstrasse 1, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland
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