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The story of a femme fatale

By Maria Gregoriou

The screenings of performances from the Metropolitan Opera (MET) continues at the Rialto theatre in Limassol on Saturday with the opera Lulu by Alban Berg.

Berg’s work is brought to life by acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (who also directed Shostakovich’s early opera The Nose for the MET), who brings his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own.

One of the most important and notorious stage works of the 20th century, Lulu is the drama of a young woman who sexually and emotionally dominates a wide range of willing victims, both male and female.

Berg’s score employs the 12-tone technique pioneered by his teacher Arnold Schoenberg but in a intensely dramatic way that makes it accessible to all kinds of audiences.

Berg died before completing Act III of the opera, and Lulu was first performed as a fragment. Efforts to finish the score based on Berg’s notes were hindered by his widow and only realised, after her death, by the Austrian composer Friedrich Cerha in 1977. The MET premiere of the opera was on March 18, 1977.

German soprano Soprano Marlis Petersen takes on the part of the title role. Her portrayal of Lulu takes audience members on a wild journey of love, obsession, and death.

Lulu – The Met: Live in HD
Screening of the opera. November 21. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 7.30pm. €18/13. Sung in German, with Greek and English subtitles. Tel: 77-777745

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