Alban Berg’s masterpiece combines music of enormous power and lyricism with a profoundly dramatic story. Conductor David Robertson leads Richard Paul Fink and Nicola Beller Carbone in the first revival of this Santa Fe staging, which received international acclaim in its 2001 premiere.
July 30; August 3, 12, 17
Composed by Alban Berg
Sung in German
Wozzeck, a lowly soldier, astounds his Captain with a Biblical defense of his common-law marriage to Marie and their illegitimate young son. Mentally unstable, Wozzeck hallucinates about the menace of a setting sun. To help support his family, he allows himself to be the guinea pig in a doctor’s unorthodox experiments. Marie meanwhile has been flirting with a dashing Drum Major whom she invites to seduce her.
Wozzeck gives Marie his wages, which makes her feel guilty about having accepted earrings from the Drum Major. The Captain and the Doctor taunt Wozzeck about Marie’s infidelity. When Wozzeck starts to strike Marie, she says she would rather have a knife in her breast than his hand upon her. Later he is further enraged when he spies upon Marie and the Drum Major passionately embracing in a lurid waltz. In the barracks, Wozzeck prays for deliverance from temptation. The Drum Major comes in boasting of his conquest of Marie. Wozzeck tries to attack him but is soundly beaten.
Marie reads to her child from the Bible and prays for mercy. At dusk Wozzeck leads Marie along a forest path near a pond. The sight of the moon rising blood-red goads him into stabbing Marie. Later Wozzeck searches the pond for the bloody knife and he drowns. In front of Marie’s house, her son rides a hobbyhorse. Other children run in with news that his mother is dead.
- Marie - Nicola Beller Carbone
- Margret - Patricia Risley
- Wozzeck - Richard Paul Fink
- The Doctor - Eric Owens
- The Captain - Robert Brubaker
- The Drum Major - Stuart Skelton
- Andres - Jason Slayden
- The Fool - Randall Bills
- A Soldier - Joe Shadday
- Conductor - David Robertson
- Director - Daniel Slater
- Scenic Designer - Robert Innes Hopkins
- Costume Designer - Robert Innes Hopkins
- Lighting Designer - Rick Fisher
- Choreographer - John Carrafa