Alban Berg's monumental opera Lulu, which he left unfinished when he died in 1935, had its posthumous premiere in its incomplete version in 1937, with the three-act version that has become standard premiering in 1979. The opera tells the tragic story of a young woman who, as a victim of a harsh society, torments a series of men by whom she is objectified, desired, abused, and eventually killed.
Berg adapted the libretto from Frank Wedekind's two Lulu plays, Erdgeist (Earth Spirit, 1895) and Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box, 1904). He wrote the music using the 12-tone style conceived of his teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, but with a nod to Romanticism that makes it unusually accessible for something written by a Schoenberg disciple.
The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Alban Berg's Lulu, directed by accliamed South African visual artist William Kentridge, premiered in 2015 and starred Marlis Petersen in her final performances as Lulu, a role she has made "hers and almost hers alone" (Opera News) in 10 different productions over 18 years.
Kentridge received acclaim for his previous work at the Met directing the company premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's The Nose in 2010. This new Lulu, conducted by Lothar Koenigs, featured Susan Graham as the Countess Geschwitz, Daniel Brenna as Alwa, Paul Groves as The Painter/African Prince, Johan Reuter as Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper, and Franz Grundheber as Schigolch. Lulu's production team included co-director Luc De Wit, set designer Sabine Theunissen, costume designer Greta Goiris, lighting designer Urs Schönebaum, and projection designer Catherine Meyburgh, all of whom also worked on The Nose.
Picture Format: 1080i 29.97 HD 16:9
Colour mode: colour
Region Code: All Region
Disc Format: BD25
Duration: 182 mins
Sound: (1) Dolby TrueHD 24-bit Surround (2) Dolby TrueHD 24-bit Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Subtitles: German, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Marlis Petersen (Lulu), Susan Graham (Countess Geschwitz), Daniel Brenna (Alwa), Paul Groves (Painter/African Prince), Johan Reuter (Dr Schon/Jack the Ripper), Franz Grundheber (Schigolch), Julian Close (Theatre Manager/Banker), Elizabeth DeShong (Wardrobe-Mistress/Page/Schoolboy), Alan Oke (Prince/Manservant/Marquis)
Metropolitan Opera, Lothar Koenigs