Wozzeck has discussions with a Captain over his decency when he is called indecent for having a child "without the blessing of the church." Marie is taunted for flirting with soldiers and sings a lullaby to her son. Wozzeck comes by and tells her he has had terrible visions. She leaves without seeing her son. Wozzeck is ridiculed by a doctor while Marie succumbs to the advances of a Drum Major. Wozzeck learns of her infidelity toward him, but she repeatedly denies it, even when he tries to hit her. Wozzeck eventually gets into a fight with the Drum Major. Wozzeck ultimately murders Marie out of jealousy and then commits suicide when trying to throw the murder weapon into the sea.
After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg's other operatic masterpiece. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei as the disturbed title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck's unfaithful mate, alongside a commanding cast that also includes tenor Christopher Ventris, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, and tenor Gerhard Siegel