Alban Berg: Lulu
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Director: Christof Loy
Cast and Crew: Lulu (Agneta Eichenholz), Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper (Michael Volle), Alwa (Klaus Florian Vogt), Countess Geschwitz (Jennifer Larmore), Schigolch (Gwynne Howell), Animal trainer/Athlete (Peter Rose), Prince/Manservant/Marquis (Philip Langridge), Dresser/Schoolboy/Groom (Heather Shipp), Painter/Policeman/Negro (Will Hartmann), Proffesor of medicine/Theatre manager/Banker (Jeremy White)
Berg's masterful and thought-provoking opera tells the gripping story of the rise and fall of an alluring, destructive but vulnerable woman, culminating in her death at the hands of Jack the Ripper. Christof Loy's austere, minimalist production allows the complexities of the drama to unfold through the sumptuous, taut beauty of the score. Agneta Eichenholz and Michael Volle lead an all-star cast under Antonio Pappano. Philip Langridge took the role of the Prince, in his last stage appearance before his sudden death earlier this year. Recorded in High Definition and true surround sound. [Amazon UK]
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 13 and 17 June 2009.
Production: UK | Opus Arte