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American Lulu

American Lulu

A new interpretation of Alban Berg's opera Lulu by Olga Neuwirth

A The Opera Group, Young Vic, Scottish Opera & Bregenzer Festspiele co-production in association with the London Sinfonietta

13 - 24 September 2013 

Show information

In 1950s New Orleans, a young dancer’s world is slowly torn apart by the jealous and controlling men and women desperate to be her lover. As the seductive and scarred Lulu looks back at her life, she faces a sordid history of sex, murder and suicide.

For 8 performances only, this radical reworking of Alban Berg’s unfinished opera will transport audiences to the smoky jazz clubs of the Deep South against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. Composed by Olga Neuwirth (Lost Highway) and directed by John Fulljames (Street Scene).


Monday - Saturday (not 16, 19 Sept): 7:30pm


Tickets: £10, £19.50, £25, £32.50
Previews: (13 Sept) £10, £15, £19.50

The running time is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes without an interval.

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.

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In the press

Angel Blue and Jacqui Dankworth talk to the Metro about the dramatic operatic showdown between Eleanor and Lulu in American Lulu

Jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth, daughter of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, talks to the Daily Telegraph about tackling a new opera

"Whether we're talking about women and sexuality, or social and political issues, Lulu has so much to say to every human being."
The Guardian catch up with the cast, composer and director in rehearsals of American Lulu

Direction John Fulljames
Conductor Gerry Cornelius
Design Magda Willi
Video Finn Ross
Light Guy Hoare
Sound Carolyn Downing
Dialect Emma Woodvine
Assistant Director Finn Beames 



Angel Blue
Jacqui Dankworth
Donald Maxwell
Robert Winslade Anderson
Jonathan Stoughton
Paul Curievici
Simon Wilding
Paul Reeves

On Friday 20 Sept the role of Lulu will be sung by Donna Bateman.

Music of Act I and II adapted and reorchestrated by Olga Neuwirth
Text of Act I and II adapted by Olga Neuwirth and Helga Utz using translations into English by Richard Stokes and Catherine Kerkhoff-Saxon
Music and text for Act III by Olga Neuwirth and translated into English by Catherine Kerkhoff-Saxon

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