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Artist William Kentridge brings his total art to the Lyceum with Wozzeck.

Latest NewsArtist William Kentridge brings his total art to the Lyceum with Wozzeck.

South African plastic and visual artist William Kentridge brings his total art to the Gran Teatro del Liceu this month with the opera Wozzeck, which premiered to great success in Salzburg in 2017. This expressionist and atonal opera, written by Alban Berg in 1922, tells the story of the first male anti-hero, a simple soldier, a man far from gods and myths, who was brutally treated by his superiors in the midst of a military conflict, and who, feeling persecuted and betrayed everyone, ends up killing his wife. when he finds out you have a lover. “He’s an anti-hero suffering from dehumanization,” explained Victor Garcia de Gomar, artistic director of the Lyceum, who described Kentridge as a “huge artist” at the show’s launch this Thursday. Six performances are planned at the Lyceum – from May 20 to June 4 – which will be dedicated to mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza, who died this Friday.

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Wozzeck is inspired by a work written by the writer George Buechner in 1830 about a soldier tormented by the shadows of war and exploitation, and which reflects an already “forward-looking” stance, collecting images such as “clouds drenched in blood”. “They are like a premonition of future explosions,” says Garcia de Gomar. Based on this work, Alban Berg composed an opera intermittently during the First World War and thus expressed his anti-militarist appeal. Kentridge records its production during the Great War. Matthias Görne, the baritone who plays Wozzeck, who has already played the part in Salzburg, stressed that the tragedy described seems to fit “our current world”, alluding to the war in Ukraine. “He didn’t lose anything important. With the war that we are experiencing and that we are seeing, it seems that it is conceived now,” he said.

Matthias Goerne, Josep Pons and Annemarie Kremer this Friday at the presentation of the Wozzeck opera at the Liceu. David Zorrakino (Europa Press)

Kentridge, who was unable to attend the presentation because he was collecting the award in New York, conceived the set as a Flanders trench, with videos of Wozzeck-haunting imagery, expressionist paintings and puppets shown on the walls of the moving stage. . The idea is to reflect the trauma caused by the large-scale bombings of the First World War with decorations conceived in the Johannesburg workshops. “He is very interesting to work with,” Gurn said. “He’s one of the best artists on the planet.” Last season, the Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture dedicated a monographic exhibition to him with his films, drawings and tapestries.

Soprano Anne-Marie Kremer, who plays Marie, emphasized that Berg is an extreme composer with many ups and downs in his scores. “It happens to a lot of composers, but to him much more often,” he said. She emphasized her feminist defense of her character when she decided to forge her own path for herself and her child away from Wozzeck.

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Josep Pons, music director, called the production “wonderful” with “all its beauty, drama and magnificence”. In 2006 he staged Wozzeck at the Teatro Real in Madrid and says that the opera captivated him then and continues to captivate him today. “This is the perfect job. And the most difficult of the repertoire. It was a success [en Madrid] but also a scandal. The sticks were taken by poor Bieito,” he said in relation to this production. Pons described that Wozzeck has the peculiarity of being the first opera that speaks of the drama of modest and real people, of pushing rhythm to the limit, of playing with tonality and atonality and with twelve-tone moments: “It has great richness. . It’s like Bach. We don’t realize it, but all the elements are there.”

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Victor García de Gomar, artistic director of the Liceu, apologized again after saying on Monday that the doors of Jaume Plensa, which will close the porch of the La Rambla theater, will serve to protect this space and “not be complicit in what is happening.” here, from people injected with heroin, who want to sleep, situations of rape and prostitution. “I want to once again apologize for these very unfortunate statements,” he insisted as soon as the opening ceremony of the opera began. “Doors are designed to decorate. The theater appeals to diversity, and any metaphor or comment is neither in my spirit nor in the spirit of the institution.” The Plensa Constell·lacions project consists of three stainless steel stamped letter doors. “I wanted to pay tribute to the Liceu and the architect who made so many people famous, like Gaudí and the world of Miro,” Plensa said.

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