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Lulu: The tragedy of a sexually irresistible woman

Published:Tuesday | November 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Marlis Petersen in the title role of Berg's '€˜Lulu'.

The Met Opera's Lulu will be live on screen at Carib 5, this Saturday.

William Kentridge, who made his HD debut with an innovative staging of Shostakovich's The Nose, returns to the Met with a new production of Lulu, Alban Berg's tragedy of a sexually irresistible woman who destroys the lives of everyone around her. German soprano Marlis Petersen, who has sung the title role to great acclaim around the world and retires the part after these Met performances, leads the cast. Susan Graham, who has appeared in 18 different operas at the Met, adds a new role to her company repertory as the Countess Geschwitz, one of Lulu's most devoted admirers.

The men around them include American tenor Daniel Brenna in his Met debut as Alwa; Johan Reuter as Dr Schon and Jack the Ripper; Paul Groves as the Painter and African Prince; and Franz Grundheber as Schigolch. Welsh National Opera music director Lothar Koenigs leads the performance.