The soldier Wozzeck is struggling. A simple man, he wants nothing more than to provide for his family, live with dignity, love, and be loved. But nothing seems to be going right. Mired in poverty, Wozzeck is forced to work menial tasks for his imperious commanding officer and participate in bizarre medical experiments to make ends meet. He suspects that his beloved common-law wife, Marie, may be cheating on him with the handsome Drum Major from his regiment. And to top it all off, he has been having terrifying visions: a decapitated head rolling along the forest floor, crimson mists, a blood-red glow in the evening sky. Wozzeck is desperate to break free from this web of cruelty, deprivation, and mental illness, but the more he flails the tighter the web seems to get—until, in a final act of desperation, Wozzeck is pushed to destroy the one thing in the world he truly loves.
The Opera’s Plot & Creation
The Source, The Story, Who’s Who in Wozzeck, and a Composer Timeline
Two activities designed to align with and support various Common Core Standard strands used in ELA, History/Social Studies, and Music curricula
A wrap-up activity that will help students reflect on the transmission, express their opinions about the performance, and integrate the Live in HD experience into their understanding of the arts and humanities more broadly