The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Season 5, Episode 1

Lulu (20 Dec. 1980)
"Live from the Metropolitan Opera" Lulu (original title)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Migenes ...
Lulu
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Countess Gershwitz
Kenneth Riegel ...
Alwa
Frank Little ...
Painter / Negro
Franz Mazura ...
Dr. Schön / Jack the Ripper
Lenus Carlson ...
Animal Trainer / Acrobat
Andrew Foldi ...
Schigolch
Hilda Harris ...
Wardrobe Mistress / Schoolboy / Page
Nico Castel ...
Prince / Manservant / Marquis
Ara Berberian ...
Theater Manager / Banka
Betsy Norden ...
Fifteen-years-old Girl
Batyah Godfrey Ben-David ...
Her Mother
Nedda Casei ...
Designer
John Darremcamp ...
Journalist
James Courtney ...
Servant
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Lulu at the Met
11 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Berg's music and Expressionistic music is the kind of music I appreciate rather than love, I acknowledge its importance in music but it is not exactly music that I'd listen to everyday. Lulu like Wozzeck is still a compelling opera, with a dark, moving story and a complex, potentially opaque but interesting score. This Met production is superb. The picture quality is rather grainy, but the quality of the costumes and sets still add much to the opera's atmosphere. The orchestra rarely disappoint, and they certainly don't here, and you can tell even by looking at James Levine conducting that he is clearly loving every minute of the score and production. Thankfully the sound doesn't elude them. The performances are wonderful, with three principals in particular standing out; Julia Migenes, with a riveting presence from her eyes to how she uses the stage, an ability to make Lulu both predatory and also as a victim to her healthy, exciting voice; Evelyn Lear, whose mezzo soprano is truly lovely and her account of the tragic Countess is a moving one; and Franz Mazura as Doctor Schon and Jack the Ripper, whose voice is wonderfully dark and whose stage presence is both thrilling and chilling.

All in all, a superb Lulu from the Met. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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