Opera etc.


Alban Berg



I attended a semi-staged performance of Berg's Wozzeck at the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 8 October 2009 with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and with Simon Keenlyside in the title role. It is probably the only peformance of Wozzeck that I will ever attend, but it was a very good one. I was in row H and had a good view of the singers.

It was quite a juxtaposition to see La Cage aux Folles and Wozzeck in the same day. There were no beach balls as props in Wozzeck, only potatoes, but of course none were thrown into the audience. Simon Keenlyside accidentally left one of the potatoes on the stage, and picked it up when leaving the stage after one of the "curtain calls."

I agree with the contents of the review at and so I don't feel the need to try to write my own.