Georg Büchner’s unfinished story of a hapless soldier driven mad by army life and his faithless lover is recognised as one of the seminal dramas of the past 250 years.
Alban Berg’s stunning operatic adaption of the tale – a landmark in twentieth century music – is brought to vivid life by William Kentridge.
In this collaborative project between Opera Australia, the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival and the Canadian Opera Company, Kentridge takes his audience into the shattered mind of Wozzeck and into visions of the kind of carnage Berg witnessed firsthand as a soldier in World War I.
As Kentridge’s animated charcoal drawings lay bare a ruined Europe and a tortured soul, we watch aghast as Wozzeck stumbles toward his doom.
After his triumph in King Roger in 2017, baritone Michael Honeyman takes on another extraordinary title role in a stellar production featuring Lorina Gore as Marie, John Daszack as The Drum Major and John Longmuir as The Doctor.
Andrea Molino conducts this Sydney premiere.