A new interpretation of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu by Olga Neuwirth
Unfinished at his death in 1935, Alban Berg’s opera Lulu is a tantalising prospect for anyone grappling with its completion. Olga Neuwirth re-works the first two acts and composes an entirely original third, transporting Berg’s femme fatale to the smoky jazz clubs of 1950s New Orleans where Lulu, a young and aspiring African American singer, finds herself fighting at the heart of the Civil Rights struggle. As Lulu looks back on her life, scarred by its tumultuous events, she must come to terms with a sordid history of
racial and sexual abuse.
American Lulu opened at the Bregenzer Festspiele in August 2013, followed by a UK tour culminating in September 2013
at the Young Vic.
Bregenz Festival, Austria
Edinburgh International Festival
Young Vic, London
Co-commissioned by The Opera Group and Komische Oper Berlin
An Opera Group Production, co-produced with the Bregenzer Festspiele, Scottish Opera and the Young Vic in association with the London Sinfonietta
Photographer: Anja Köhler/Simon Annand