Saturday, July 25, 2015

Lulu, by Alban Berg performed in Oakland, California

West Edge Opera is presenting Alban Berg's opera Lulu in the abandoned 16th Street Train Station in Oakland, California. A very blonde un-Louise Brooks like Emma McNairy takes the role of Lulu. More information HERE.

Lulu, by Alban Berg
The summit of German Expressionism in opera

SATURDAY JULY 25, 8PM
SUNDAY  AUGUST 2, 2PM   
SATURDAY AUGUST 8, 8PM
     
Lulu, the second and final opera of composer Alban Berg (1885 - 1935),  is considered one of the masterpieces of 20th-century composition. Berg, a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg, adapted the libretto himself from two plays by Frank Wedekind.

The central character Lulu is the embodiment of sex appeal - Lulu is married to three men successively in the opera. They worship her, but her untamed sensuality spells their ruin, with Lulu even killing the third, the wealthy Dr. Schoen. Jailed for this murder, she escapes, but she descends into poverty and ultimately prostitution. She is killed by a client, Jack the Ripper.







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