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From "James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met" CD Box Set James Levine’s affection for Berg’s searing masterpiece has given Met audiences many opportunities to experience this groundbreaking score. Here Levine conducts José van Dam in the title role, who gives a heartbreaking performance as the downtrodden, humiliated soldier. Anja Silja is Marie, the mother of Wozzeck’s child, who cannot resist the cheap glamour of the handsome Drum Major (Richard Cassilly)—leading Wozzeck to finally give up his desperate struggle for existence.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Mar 8, 1980


Alban Berg


Alban Berg

Run Time

1 HRS 33 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus