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.