• Lulu on YouTube, and libretti in German, Spanish, and English

    [Authored by Schigolch]

    As many of you know, and we will further discuss in this in-Depth project, Lulu is an unfinished opera. Alban Berg died before he could completes the orchestration, in 1937. After his death, there were stagings of Lulu in just two acts, because his widow, Helene, refused to let any composer (in fact, she proposed to Schönberg, but he refused) use the standing material to finish the score.

    Today, after Friedrich Cerha's excellent work on the third act, almost all performances use this version, but we can find complete in youtube a two-act version, from Zurich:

    Lulu: Laura Aikin
    Countess Geschwitz: Cornelia Kallisch
    Painter: Steve Davislim
    Dr. Schön: Alfred Muff
    Alwa: Peter Straka
    Schigolch: Guido Götzen

    Sven-Eric Bechtolf (stage director)
    Franz Welser-Möst (conductor)

    This return to the incomplete two-act version (the finale consists of the Variations and the Adagio from the Lulu Suite, which conclude the work as a kind of coda), was due to conductor Franz Welser-Möst's opinion that the unfinished state of the work was not merely due to the composer’s death in 1935, but also because Berg himself seems to have changed his concept of the opera. I think this view is not supported by the existing documentation:




    On the other hand, we can watch the first staging of the three-act version, as staged in Paris, back in 1979:


    Lulu: Teresa Stratas
    Countess Geschwitz: Yvonne Minton
    Painter: Robert Tear
    Dr. Schön: Franz Mazura
    Alwa: Kennet Riegel
    Schigolch: Toni Blankenheim

    Patrice Chéreau (stage director)
    Pierre Boulez (conductor)




    Any member can make himself familiar with the opera using this material available online.

    The libretto for Lulu can be found here in original German and in Spanish translation:

    http://www.kareol.es/obras/lulu/acto1.htm

    In this link below there is an English translation of the libretto, without the German original:

    http://www.chandos.net/pdf/CHAN%203130.pdf
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Opera in-Depth: Lulu started by Schigolch View original post


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