Unfinished at his death in 1935, Alban Berg’s opera Lulu is a tantalising prospect for anyone grappling with its completion. Olga Neuwirth re-works the first two acts and composes an entirely original third, transporting Berg’s femme fatale to the smoky jazz clubs of 1950s New Orleans where Lulu, a young and aspiring African American singer, finds herself fighting at the heart of the Civil Rights struggle. As Lulu looks back on her life, scarred by its tumultuous events, she must come to terms with a sordid history of racial and sexual abuse.
This is a co-production by the Opera Group, Young Vic, Scottish Opera & Bregenzer Festspiele in association with the London Sinfonietta.
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