Wozzeck is the first opera by the Austrian composer Alban Berg, which was composed between 1914 and 1922, before being first performed in 1925. It is based on the incomplete drama Woyzeck from the German playwright Georg Buchner.
It has been played all over the world since then and the English National Opera (ENO) will be returning to the London Coliseum with their adaptation of the work in May.
Wozzeck tells the story of a simple soldier, troubled by visions, who murders his unfaithful partner and dies, leaving behind an orphaned child. Berg’s early 20th century masterpiece comes to the ENO for the first time in 25 years for a short two-week run.
The latest production is from the acclaimed Carrie Cracknell who is one of the most exciting young British directors around.
She is currently associate director at the Young Vic, where her most recent production of A Doll’s House was a huge critical success, with the Sunday Telegraph stating: “If you ever see a production of the play, see this one.”
Wozzeck will be conducted by the ENO’s award-winning music director Edward Gardner whose previous works have been described as having “breathtakingly lyrical ferocity,” according to the Guardian.
People will be able to get their hands on tickets for one of the performances – running from just May 11th to 25th – for as little as £25, while the best seats in the house will set visitors back £99.
Those unfamiliar with the area will want to plan their travel arrangements in advance, but luckily there isn’t too much to be done because the London Coliseum is very centrally located in the city.
Indeed, the Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Leicester Square Tube stops are all within walking distance.