Bel Air Classiques

Bel Air Classiques : Berg : Lulu | Marlis Petersen sings "Wenn sich die Menschen" | Munich 2015 (DVD & Blu-ray excerpt) - Lulu (Alban Berg)

with : Bo Skovhus , Dmitri Tcherniakov , KIRILL PETRENKO , Marlis Petersen

Bayerische Staatsoper

Lulu, Alban Berg’s hauntingly mysterious opera in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, has been one of the major events of the 2015 Bayerische Staatsoper season : an ideal setting for conductor Kirill Petrenko first-ever DVD & Blu-ray recording !

A sensuous and impenetrable opera, Berg’s masterpiece depicts the burning and sometimes bestial intensity of human relationships through the figure of Lulu, the true femme fatale, bearer of an enigma that haunts us way beyond the end of the opera. Venenous, sibylline, deathly for who approaches her, the dangerous Lulu destroys the established and bourgeois order she evolves in, carrying away with her all certainty, just like the audacious and demanding musical language Berg invented to give form to this unreachable character. Frank Wedekind’s work proved indeed to be an extremely fertile ground for the dodecaphonic composer’s imagination, and gave birth to one of the most singular and ambitious work of art of the twentieth century.

With the privilege of a dream cast, gathering Berg’s best interprets, this new production of Lulu is conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov. A visionary genius considered as the contemporary stage « enfant terrible », it is with a shattering realism that he directs those characters, hostages to their own passions and darkest fantasies, and reveals the complexity of this great human and social tragedy.

Marlis Petersen is Lulu, a role she was then singing for the ninth time, and which awarded her, for this production, the title of « singer of the year » by German magazine Opernwelt.


Opera in three acts

Libretto and booklet : Alban Berg
after Die Büchse der Pandora (1904) and Erdgeist (1895) by Frank Wedekind

Lulu Marlis Petersen
Countess Geschwitz Daniela Sindram
A theatrical dresser / a schoolboy / a valet Rachael Wilson
The doctor / the banker / the professor Christian Rieger
The painter / the negro Rainer Trost
Dr Schön / Jack the Ripper Bo Skhovus
Alwa Matthias Klink
An animal tamer / an athlete Martin Winkler
The prince / the manservant / the marquis Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
The theatre manager Christoph Stephinger
The police commissioner Nicholas Reinke
A fifteen-year-old girl Elsa Benoit
Her mother Cornelia Wulkopf
A woman artist Heike Grötzinger
A journalist John Carpenter
A manservant Leonard Bernad
Schigolch Pavlo Hunka

Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Conductor Kirill Petrenko

Stage direction and sets Dmitri Tcherniakov

Costumes Elena Zaytseva
Lighting design Gleb Filshtinsky
Dramaturgy Malte Krasting