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Mannes Sounds Festival Film Screening: Bolshoi Opera production of "Wozzeck" by Alban Berg

Mannes Sounds Festival Film Screening: Bolshoi Opera production of "Wozzeck" by Alban Berg

Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, Arnhold Hall, 4th floor
General Public 

Presented by Mannes School of Music, this event is a Film Screening of the Bolshoi Opera production of Wozzeck by Alban Berg. There will be an introduction and Q&A with special guests Katerina Novikova, Bolshoi Theatre Press Secretary and Anna Winestein, Executive Director of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative.

Since 1999, Mannes has presented a yearlong music festival every year. Led by Artistic Director Pavlina Dokovska, each festival includes more than 20 events performed by the school's gifted young student artists, distinguished faculty members, and renowned guests, at prestigious New York City concert venues and cultural institutions. The festivals are an outstanding component of the total Mannes program.

From its premiere in 1925, Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck was the first truly avant-garde opera of the 20th century immediately and widely accepted into mainstream operatic repertoire. Produced extensively throughout Europe, especially in Germany and Austria—until it was banned by the Nazis for its anti-militarism and social commentary—it quickly reached Soviet Russia. Premiered in Leningrad in 1927, its gritty and socially critical libretto of exploitation and murder (based on a play by Georg Buchner) fit well with narratives of corrupt capitalism. In the late 1920s its expressionist music, which used atonality to powerful emotional effect, was still accepted by the public. It also greatly influenced and inspired the young Dmitri Shostakovich, who attended the premiere and met Berg. In the Bolshoi’s new production, the talented director and stage designer Dmitri Tcherniakov's film-noir staging brings the production into a modern-day context while preserving the raw power of the original. Conductor Theodor Currenzis leads the Bolshoi Orchestra and an outstanding cast that includes the Austrian baritone Georg Nigl as "Wozzeck" and American soprano Mardi Byers as "Maria" in a brilliant performance. 

Filmed by:  Andy Sommer (Bel Air Media)
Production Directed by: Dmitri Tcherniakov, 2010
Conductor: Teodor Currentzis
Cast: Georg Nigl (Wozzeck), Mardi Byers (Marie), Maxim Paster (Captain), Pyotr Migunov (Doctor), Roman Muravitsky (Drum-major),
Orchestra & Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre

With Special Thanks to Bel Air Media and Ballets Russes Arts Initiative.


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