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Berg's Wozzeck

New York Metropolitan Opera

Saturday 31 December 2005 18:30-20:20 (Radio 3)

Margaret Juntwait introduces Berg's great opera telling the story of the lowly soldier Wozzeck. Victimized by nearly everyone he comes across, Wozzeck lives with Marie, his mistress, but she betrays him with the pompous Drum-Major, who humiliates Wozzeck before his company with boasts of his conquest.

Berg's music is some of the most expressive ever composed for the opera stage, and transforms the cruel tale into something tragically poignant.

Duration:

1 hour 50 minutes

Playlist:

Marie ...... Katarina Dalayman (soprano)
Drum Major ...... Clifton Forbis (tenor)
Captain ...... Graham Clark (tenor)
Wozzeck ...... Alan Held (baritone)
Doctor ...... Walter Fink (bass)
Margret ...... Jill Grove (mezzo-soprano)
Andres ...... Eric Cutler (tenor)
1st Apprentice ...... James Courtney (bass)
2nd Apprentice ...... Ronald Naldi (tenor)
The Fool ...... Anthony Laciura (tenor)
A Soldier ...... Raymond Aparentado (tenor)
A Townsman ...... Stephen Paynter (baritone)
Marie's Child ...... Jacob Wade (treble)

Orchestra and Chorus of the New York Metropolitan Opera
James Levine (conductor)




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