Wozzeck in England Jun 7, 2013 4:57:29 GMT -5
Post by sydgrew on Jun 7, 2013 4:57:29 GMT -5
Mr. Dammann's articulate contributions have several times appeared in this forum. To-day he has something to say about Alban Berg and morality. It all arises from Wozzeck, at present being put on at the Coliseum [sic] by the English National Opera people. (The company has survived several proposals to merge it with The Royal Opera.) "The cultural climate after the World War," Mr. Dammann reminds us, "made Berg's depiction of humanity as utterly devoid of nobility easier to countenance than in previous decades." But I am obliged to warn members that the directress - a Miss Cracknell - seems to have felt the need to make her mark in the modern way by ignoring - literally - all of Berg's stage directions and setting the story in the context of "modern Britain." To do something like that seems to me the act of a parasite; it should be decried.
But Mr. Dammann does praise the orchestra ("much improved") and the singing, so it may be worth while to go along; but be sure to take dark glasses so as not to see all the female tricks cutenesses and playthings, such as plastic dinosaurs, drug-smuggling, video games, and the like. Mr. Dammann calls Miss Cracknell's setting "thoroughly rotten." And he complains about "the loss of the religious dimension of Wozzeck's language and imagination, which is crucial to understanding the force of the moral vacuum that consumes him."
Do members abhor a moral vacuum and strive always towards nobility in life?