Tuesday 13 Nov 2012, 8pmDisney Hall, Los Angeles

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Johan Reuter bass baritone

Angela Denoke soprano

Hubert Francis tenor

Joshua Ellicott tenor

Peter Hoare tenor

Tijl Faveyts bass baritone

Henry Waddington bass baritone

Eddie Wade baritone

Harry Nicoll singer

Anna Burford singer

Members of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Berg Wozzeck

When Berg saw the 1914 première of Georg Büchner’s play Woyzeck, the composer knew he had found the inspiration for his first opera. Influenced greatly by the horrors of the First World War, Wozzeck is a profound piece that expresses, with cinematic immediacy, the torment of a simple soldier brutalised by a repressive system. With its dissonant score, complex structure and a mounting atmosphere of oppressiveness, this is undoubtedly Berg’s most expressionist work but one which cannot fail to move the listener, stirred by the plight of the opera’s eponymous hero.