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Fred Cohn
Opera News, June 2019

Krzysztof Warlikowski’s 2017 Dutch National Opera production gives the grim narrative a febrile buzz: even as we’re horrified, we’re riveted.

Eva-Maria Westbroek is a striking physical presence as Marie, her face ingenuous and pretty…

Jacob Jutte, as Marie’s son, gets the penultimate curtain call—before Maltman, but after Westbroek—reflecting the enhanced role the character plays here. The production’s funhouse elements (Michael Jackson, Mickey and Minnie, the sliding wall) suggest a child’s-eye view of the world. An interpolated prologue sets the boy amid a troupe of formally dressed children who boss him around and mock him. © 2019 Opera News Read complete review



Opera, April 2019

BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110582 
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0081V

The film renders the opera with superb audio clarity and visual presence, to deliver an unforgettable experience. © 2019 Opera




Peter Quantrill
Gramophone, February 2019

BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110582 
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0081V

Reviewer Peter Quantrill calls this Marc Albrecht-conducted Wozzeck ‘among the most beautifully played and sung accounts on record and film’, praising too the staging.

Richly Mahlerian strings and brass set the tone for even the most edgy and ‘contemporary’ scenes in the tavern and between Wozzeck’s trio of tormentors. All of whom, it must be said, are sung with some style, especially the astonishingly secure Captain of Marcel Beekman and the engagingly sinister comic turn of Willard White as the Doctor. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, January 2019

Recorded at the Dutch National Opera, this Wozzeck production transfers the story into the sixties of the last century and creates a new leading role with the son of Wozzeck and Marie. The orchestra is as excellent as the cast. © 2019 Pizzicato



Stephen Barber
MusicWeb International, January 2019

Musically this production is excellent. The cast is nearly all first-rate. Christopher Maltman in the title role has a rich and fruity voice. He really sings the part and makes the character sympathetic, even though only on the edge of sanity. … Marc Albrecht conducting is an old hand at this kind of work and you would think it was standard repertory from the way the orchestra play… © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2018

BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110582
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0081V

Georg Buchner died of typhus aged 23 leaving his play, Wozzeck, unfinished and in a very disorganised state, the eventual staged version relying on the work of others. In adapting it for his opera, Alban Berg, then made many changes of his own, involving shortening it while keeping the true story that Buchner was using for his play. Those amendments were probably sufficient to encourage Krzysztof Warlikowsky to add much of his own, leaving precious little of Berg’s original intentions in his production for Dutch National Opera. That fact you will fully appreciate when you read the booklet that accompanies this release and which relates the story as Berg intended. …musically the performance has a great deal to commend it, Christopher Maltman, a vocally ideal Wozzeck who is unable, in his own bumbling way, to comprehend all the events around him, and which will drive him to suicide. Eva-Maria Westbroek is a very knowing Marie and no fool to the men in her powerful projection. The conductor, Marc Albrecht, obtains a well-neigh perfect balance between orchestra and singers, and his use of instrumental colours is judged to perfection.  © 2018 David’s Review Corner





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