Berg: Lulu

This page lists all recordings of Lulu, by Alban Berg (1885-1935) on CD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu


Marlis Petersen (Lulu), Daniela Sindram (Gräfin Geschwitz), Rachael Wilson (Eine Theater-Garderobiere/Ein Gymnasiast/Ein Groom), Rainer Trost (Der Maler/Ein Neger), Bo Skovhus (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper), Matthias Klink (Alwa), Martin Winkler (Ein Tierbändiger/Ein Athlet), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Der Prinz/Der Kammerdiener/Der Marquis), Elsa Benoit (Eine Fünfzehnjährige), Christian Rieger (Der Medizinalrat/Der Bankier/Der Professor), Pavlo Hunka (Schigolch), Christoph Stephinger (Der Theaterdirektor)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

Lulu, Alban Berg’s hauntingly mysterious opera in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, has been one of the major events of the 2015 Bayerische Staatsoper season : an ideal setting for conductor Kirill Petrenko first-ever DVD recording ! A sensuous and impenetrable opera, Berg’s masterpiece depicts the burning and sometimes bestial intensity of human relationships through the figure of Lulu, the true femme fatale, bearer of an enigma that haunts us way beyond the end of the opera. Venenous, sibylline, deathly for who approaches her, the dangerous Lulu destroys the established and bourgeois order she evolves in, carrying away with her all certainty, just like the audacious and demanding musical language Berg invented to give form to this unreachable character. Frank Wedekind’s work proved indeed to be an extremely fertile ground for the dodecaphonic composer’s imagination, and gave birth to one of the most singular and ambitious work of art of the twentieth century. With the privilege of a dream cast, gathering Berg’s best interprets, this new production of Lulu is conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov. A visionary genius considered as the contemporary stage ‘enfant terrible’, it is with a shattering realism that he directs those characters, hostages to their own passions and darkest fantasies, and reveals the complexity of this great human and social tragedy. Marlis Petersen is Lulu, a role she was then singing for the ninth time, and which awarded her, for this production, the title of ‘singer of the year’ by German magazine Opernwelt

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC429

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu


Barbara Hannigan (Lulu), Natascha Petrinsky (Geschwitz), Tom Randle (Maler & Neger), Dietrich Henschel (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper), Charles Workman (Alwa), Pavlo Hunka (Schigolch), Ivan Ludlow (Tierbändiger & Athlete)

Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie, Paul Daniel

Stage direction: KRZYSZTOF WARLIKOWSKI

Set & costume designs: MALGORZATA SZCZESNIAK

Choreography: CLAUDE BARDOUIL

Dance & solos choreography: ROSALBA TORRES GUERRERO

Recording: La Monnaie, Brussels, 19 & 26/10/2012

Frank Wedekind’s work provided fertile ground for Berg's second opera, 'Lulu', considered one of the major works of the 20th century, but which remained unfinished due to his untimely death in 1935. Intoxicatingly enigmatic and deadly for those close to her: from the folly of love to the humiliation of vulgarity, she incites excess. After his production of 'Médée' (DVD & Blu-ray Bel Air Classiques), Krzysztof Warlikowski once again delves the innermost depths of the human psyche and chooses to tackle Lulu as a deeply moving requiem ‘to the memory of an angel’.

Paul Daniel conducts the Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie and Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan gives a tremendous, never-to-be-forgotten account of the title role.

Running time 194 min.

Booklet FR / ENG / NL - Subtitles FR / ENG / DE / NL

16/9, NTSC / PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

“rewarding viewing for all who appreciate this devastating work...this Lulu offers stupendous accuracy of pitch and rhythm...The performance is impeccably prepared musically, with the sensual qualities given full value, the maximum in rhythmic exactitude and abundant theatrical flair. The recorded sound is natural and full bodied.” International Record Review, December 2014

“It's a comparatively rare occurrence to encounter a performance on the opera stage that has such a magnetic visual and physical impact as Barbara Hannigan's portrayal of Berg's tragic heroine...Her absolute vocal mastery is marvellous...Many of the supporting protagonists in this torrid drama are no less compelling.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

“It’s an explicit, yet chilly interpretation of Berg’s masterpiece, hampered in places by Warlikowski’s decision to graft additional layers of imagery onto a work already heavy with meaning...Musically it’s superb. Barbara Hannigan gives everything she’s got and then some to the title role. Charles Workman is the finely lyrical Alwa; Dietrich Henschel, never bettered, the troubled Schoen. It’s nicely conducted by Paul Daniel, too.” The Guardian, 11th December 2014 ***

“Tall, slender and chameleonic, [Hannigan] stalks the stage compellingly...The voice itself is remarkably clear and clean: not the most sensuous instrument, perhaps, but one that is used with great intelligence and accuracy...Very impressive, too, are the orchestra and Paul Daniel, who is particularly adept at finding the score's drama and beauty.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“this Lulu is irresistible because of Barbara Hannigan’s performances of the title role, one that is as sexy as it is vocally incandescent” Opera, March 2015

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - December 2014

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC109

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$30.00

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu


Julia Migenes (Lulu), Evelyn Lear (Countess Geschwitz), Kenneth Riegel (Alwa), Frank Little (Painter/Negro), Franz Mazura (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper)

The Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, James Levine

Recorded live on 20th December 1980

“set at the turn of the 20th century, it's played naturalistically and with considerable restraint. But its toned-down quality also emphasises the underlying idea of a society unable to confront its own hang-ups, and the performances are faultless. Julia Migenes's Lulu is at once self-consciously provocative and disturbingly naive...Levine ratchets up the tension; the closing scenes are unforgettable.” The Guardian, 8th December 2011

“Migenes in the performance of her career, supported by a sterling cast and James Levine on the podium. An entirely conventional production, it still holds up surprisingly well.” International Record Review, December 2014

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Sony Met Matinées - 88697910099

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu


Marlis Petersen (Lulu), Daniela Sindram (Gräfin Geschwitz), Rachael Wilson (Eine Theater-Garderobiere/Ein Gymnasiast/Ein Groom), Rainer Trost (Der Maler/Ein Neger), Bo Skovhus (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper), Matthias Klink (Alwa), Martin Winkler (Ein Tierbändiger/Ein Athlet), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Der Prinz/Der Kammerdiener/Der Marquis), Elsa Benoit (Eine Fünfzehnjährige), Christian Rieger (Der Medizinalrat/Der Bankier/Der Professor), Pavlo Hunka (Schigolch), Christoph Stephinger (Der Theaterdirektor)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

Lulu, Alban Berg’s hauntingly mysterious opera in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, has been one of the major events of the 2015 Bayerische Staatsoper season : an ideal setting for conductor Kirill Petrenko first-ever DVD recording ! A sensuous and impenetrable opera, Berg’s masterpiece depicts the burning and sometimes bestial intensity of human relationships through the figure of Lulu, the true femme fatale, bearer of an enigma that haunts us way beyond the end of the opera. Venenous, sibylline, deathly for who approaches her, the dangerous Lulu destroys the established and bourgeois order she evolves in, carrying away with her all certainty, just like the audacious and demanding musical language Berg invented to give form to this unreachable character. Frank Wedekind’s work proved indeed to be an extremely fertile ground for the dodecaphonic composer’s imagination, and gave birth to one of the most singular and ambitious work of art of the twentieth century. With the privilege of a dream cast, gathering Berg’s best interprets, this new production of Lulu is conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov. A visionary genius considered as the contemporary stage ‘enfant terrible’, it is with a shattering realism that he directs those characters, hostages to their own passions and darkest fantasies, and reveals the complexity of this great human and social tragedy. Marlis Petersen is Lulu, a role she was then singing for the ninth time, and which awarded her, for this production, the title of ‘singer of the year’ by German magazine Opernwelt

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC129

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu


Marlis Petersen (Lulu), Susan Graham (Countess Geschwitz), Daniel Brenna (Alwa), Paul Groves (Painter/African Prince), Johan Reuter (Dr Schon/Jack the Ripper), Franz Grundheber (Schigolch), Julian Close (Theatre Manager/Banker), Elizabeth DeShong (Wardrobe-Mistress/Page/Schoolboy), Alan Oke (Prince/Manservant/Marquis)

Metropolitan Opera, Lothar Koenigs

Alban Berg's monumental opera Lulu, which he left unfinished when he died in 1935, had its posthumous premiere in its incomplete version in 1937, with the three-act version that has become standard premiering in 1979. The opera tells the tragic story of a young woman who, as a victim of a harsh society, torments a series of men by whom she is objectified, desired, abused, and eventually killed.

Berg adapted the libretto from Frank Wedekind's two Lulu plays, Erdgeist (Earth Spirit, 1895) and Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box, 1904). He wrote the music using the 12-tone style conceived of his teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, but with a nod to Romanticism that makes it unusually accessible for something written by a Schoenberg disciple.

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Alban Berg's Lulu, directed by accliamed South African visual artist William Kentridge, premiered in 2015 and starred Marlis Petersen in her final performances as Lulu, a role she has made "hers and almost hers alone" (Opera News) in 10 different productions over 18 years.

Kentridge received acclaim for his previous work at the Met directing the company premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's The Nose in 2010. This new Lulu, conducted by Lothar Koenigs, featured Susan Graham as the Countess Geschwitz, Daniel Brenna as Alwa, Paul Groves as The Painter/African Prince, Johan Reuter as Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper, and Franz Grundheber as Schigolch. Lulu's production team included co-director Luc De Wit, set designer Sabine Theunissen, costume designer Greta Goiris, lighting designer Urs Schönebaum, and projection designer Catherine Meyburgh, all of whom also worked on The Nose.

Picture Format: 1080i 29.97 HD 16:9

Colour mode: colour

Region Code: All Region

Disc Format: BD25

Duration: 182 mins

Sound: (1) Dolby TrueHD 24-bit Surround (2) Dolby TrueHD 24-bit Stereo

Subtitles: English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Subtitles: German, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

“Koenigs ensures maximum clarity from the strings and woodwind, especially in the orchestral interludes. It’s cool, clever playing that throws unusual focus on the seamy saxophone line that coils itself round each character’s description of Lulu. Peterson is tirelessly intelligent and musical…there is luxury support from Susan Graham, Paul Groves and Martin Winkler…it’s not a perfect performance. It’s not a perfect opera. But altogether it’s as fascinating as its heroine” BBC Music Magazine, February 2017 ****

“All the principals are strongly cast. There is as much frisson to Susan Graham’s voluptuously sung Countess Geschwitz as there is to Johan Reuter’s Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper, oozing power and entitlement from every phrase…conducting, singing, direction: they’re all of a piece, working to domesticate Berg’s feral beast, and making it the funniest, least absurd and most approachable Lulu on film” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

Nonesuch - 7559794537

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu

completed by David Robert Coleman


Mojca Erdmann (Lulu), Deborah Polaski (Countess Geschwitz), Michael Volle (Jack the Ripper), Thomas Piffka (Alwa), Stephan Rügamer (Painter/Negro)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

Deutsche Grammophon's DVD release of Alban Berg's Lulu ties in with a series of new performances starting in February 2015 at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater in Berlin. The Staatsoper commissioned David Robert Coleman to complete the third act (which remained as a fragment after Berg's sudden death in 1935). He worked on the composer's sketches, added a number of jazz instruments and created this "Berlin version". Mojca Erdmann, famous for her interpretations of contemporary music, gives an incredible interpretation of Alban Berg's master piece Lulu. The Staatskappelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim play superbly and Andrea Breth, who directed DG’s Onegin with Daniel Barenboim was the stage director for LULU, which has been called “a milestone in Breth’s career” (Nürnberger Nachrichten).

STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: DTS 5.1

Picture format: 16:9 / NTSC

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DG - 0734934

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu


Ilona Steingruber (Lulu), Heinz Rehfuss (Dr Schön), Eugenia Zareska (Gräfin Geschwitz), Dmitri Lopatto (Schigolch), Ratko Delorko (Der Maler), Tommaso Frascati (Der Prinz), Luisa Ribacchi (Eine Theater-Garderobiere), Umberto Frisaldi (Der Theaterdirektor), James Loomis (Der Athlet), Maria Teresa Massa Ferrero (Der Gymnasiast), Tommaso Frascati (Ein Kammerdiener), Scipio Colombo (Der Tierbändiger), Dmitri Lopatto (Der Medizinalrat)

RAI Roma, Bruno Maderna

Opera dOro - OPD1335

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Berg: lulu

Berg: lulu


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Warner Classics - 2564640542

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu

Live Recording from The Theater An Der Wien, Vienna, Austrian Premiere 1962


Evelyn Lear (Lulu), Rudolf Schock (Alwa), Paul Schöffler (Dr. Schön), Josef Knapp (Schigolch) & Gisela Litz (Gräfin Geschwitz)

Wiener Symphoniker, Karl Böhm (conductor) & Otto Schenk (stage director)

Alban Berg’s second opera Lulu was premiered in 1937 in Zurich, incomplete, because Berg had died unexpectedly during the composition process. The scandalous story of Lulu was taken from two dramas by Frank Wedekind, “Die Büchse der Pandora” and “Der Erdgeist”, which greatly inspired Berg in his adaptation of the libretto. Due to the controversial material and the exceedingly diffi cult vocal parts Lulu was not performed regularly for a long time – and the Austrian premiere took place 25 years after the world premiere.

Evelyn Lear, already then a renowned star, gives a breathtaking performance of Lulu – her contemporary colleague Elisabeth Schwarzkopf called Lear’s performance in Vienna “one of the supreme achievements of the operatic stage anywhere in the world”. At her side the German baritone Paul Schöffl er and heroic tenor Rudolf Schock give highly appraised interpretations of Dr. Schön and his son Alwa.

Conducting this Austrian premiere is the distinguished maestro Karl Böhm. The young Otto Schenk took over not only the stage, but also the TV direction for this programme.

Sound Format: PCM Mono

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT

Running Time: 135 mins

FSK: 0

“Lear is a model of corrupting and decaying glamour...As a version of the original version of Lulu this is unique in the catalogue...It has another advantage, too: unlike many of the modern issues, it adheres to Berg’s original scenario without the superfluous addition of any layers of confusing ‘conception’.” MusicWeb International, 16th September 2013

“its lyrical sensuality [is] admirably offset by an expressionist hardness of edge...[Lear is] spine-tingling in her blend of sexual knowingness and lack of moral awareness...Schenk's production shows its age a bit, but is still sexier than many recent, more explicit stagings.” The Guardian, 28th November 2013 ****

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Arthaus Musik - 101687

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu


Anneliese Rothenberger (Lulu), Toni Blankenheim (Dr. Schön), Gerhard Unger (Alwa), Kerstin Meyer (Gräfin Geschwitz), Erwin Wohlfahrt (Der Maler), Kim Borg (Schigolch), Benno Kusche (Ein Tierbändiger/Rodrigo), Ernst Wendt (Der Medizinalrat), Maria von Ilosvay (Eine Theatergarderobiere), Jürgen Förster (Der Prinz), Elisabeth Steiner (Ein Gymnasiast), Karl Otto (Der Theaterdirektor), Kurt Marschner (Ein Kammerdiener) & Rolf Mamero (Jack the Ripper)

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Leopold Ludwig

“This is not only Rothenberger’s production and all of the roles are taken powerfully, including a remarkable Schigolch from Kim Borg. If you can listen through the rough edges there are great dramatic rewards to be found in this at times brutal performance...the final three minutes will keep you awake at night.” MusicWeb International, 21st June 2013

Warner Classics Cologne Collection - 9123302

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