Alban Berg


Orchestrierung des 3. Aktes komplettiert von Friedrich Cerha

Oper in drei Akten, Orchestrierung des 3. Aktes komplettiert von Friedrich Cerha

Karl Kraus called her “the all-destroyer destroyed by all” – we are talking about Lulu, the tragic Femme fatale, used, humiliated and ultimately murdered by men and society. The Viennese composer Alban Berg created the first twelve-tone opera after Frank Wedekind’s two scandalous Lulu dramas, and with it, a milestone in the history of opera. The Wiener Staatsoper presents the opera in its three-act form completed by Friedrich Cerha: superbly and incisively produced by Willy Decker.
15 December 2017
18:30 - 22:30
2 intermissions
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Cast | 15.12.2017

Conductor Ingo Metzmacher
Director Willy Decker
Szenische Einstudierung Ruth Orthmann
Set and costume design Wolfgang Gussmann
Assistant costume designer Susana Mendoza
Lulu Agneta Eichenholz
Gräfin Geschwitz Angela Denoke
Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper Bo Skovhus
Alwa, sein Sohn Charles Workman
Schigolch, ein Greis Franz Grundheber


There was much rejoicing when the three-act version of Alban Berg’s a Lulu completed by Friedrich Cerha reached the stage for its world première in 1979. It is well known that Berg died in before he could complete the orchestration of Act 3; as a result for many years the work could only be performed as a two-act fragment. Even the Wiener Staatsoper’s last new production of Lulu by Willy Decker followed the performance tradition: the last two pieces of Berg’s Symphonic Pieces were performed after the first two acts. Now Willy Decker returns to the Staatsoper to present his celebrated production of Lulu in the three-act version with orchestration completed by Cerha.