Uncompromising Expressionist Masterpiece

Peter Mattei in the title role and Elza van den Heever as Marie in William Kentridge’s new production of Berg’s Wozzeck (Ken Howard, Met Opera)

Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), in partnership with the Met: Live in HD, is proud to present what is considered one of the most significant pieces of the 20th century, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 12:15 p.m.

Berg’s World War I drama stars Peter Mattei in his Met debut as the title character and Soprano Elza van den Heever as his unfaithful love. Directed by William Kentridge, this stunning visual tour de force is conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

“In the title role, Mattei had a vocal magnitude that gave Wozzeck tragic stature that’s hard to come by in a character who is a psychological time bomb.”  —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Peter Mattei in the title role and Christian Van Horn as the Doctor in William Kentridge’s new production of Berg’s Wozzeck (Ken Howard, Met Opera)

An influential composer throughout his lifetime, Berg is also known for the tragic Lulu, as well as multiple compositions. Wozzeck is the Austrian composer’s adaptation of the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. Wozzeck is the only opera Berg completed, Lulu was still unfinished at the time of his death in 1935.

The live stream will last approximately one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. Brent Murrill will speak about the production beginning at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $18 for general adult admission, $14 for seniors (60+) and $10 for children/students. For more information, call the GVT Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.

The program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Arts, Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

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