• Saison 2024-2025
  • Opera
  • Opera


Lyon Opera Orchestra, Choir and Lyon Opera studio soloists

  • Dates Oct 2 - Oct 14, 2024
  • Rates From 10€ to 116€
  • Location Opéra de Lyon
  • Running Time 1 hour 35 minutes – No intermission

In a few words

In the 20th century, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck elicited a wave of shock; the tragic force of its plot and music produces similar fascination today. For this intense, striking piece featuring baritone and repertoire aficionado Stéphane Degout in one of the greatest roles in opera history, the director drew inspiration from the web of lies spun in The Truman Show.

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    Wozzeck - Entretien


After a 20-year absence, Alban Berg’s first opera is making its Lyon comeback with Daniele Rustioni as musical director. Set between the two World Wars, this dazzling adaptation of Georg Büchner’s play revolves around the cruel treatment inflicted to Wozzeck, the local scapegoat. “To some, the Earth is hot as Hell… Man is an abyss, and I turn giddy when I look down into it.”
The harshness of the world transpires through the music’s amazingly compelling architecture and unique expressiveness.
Richard Brunel and set designer Étienne Pluss’ work highlights the way the piece remains relevant: Wozzeck runs through the corridors of a mental maze representing our society, in a world of acute surveillance and manipulation. This wild-eyed drama on human condition features two strong and powerful soloists, including Canadian soprano Ambur Braid, whose performance in The Woman Without a Shadow at the Lyon Opera in 2023 was already met with acclaim.


Sung in German with French subtitles

Opera in three acts
Libretto written by the composer,
based on Georg Büchner’s play Woyzeck
Premiered in Berlin in 1925

New production
Coproduction with the Royal Swedish Opera

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