Opera in three acts
Libretto by Alban Berg, after
Büchse der Pandora
by Frank Wedekind, English version by Richard Stokes
Act III realised by Friedrich Cerha
'Roll up, roll up for the menagerie'
'Am I trespassing?'
Alwa, Dr Schön, Lulu
'Gnädige Frau. . . Frau Medizinalrat. . .'
'You are far too slow to capture me'
'Open the door!'
Professor of Medicine, Lulu, Painter
'Just wait, he'll jump right up. . .'
'Can't you help him recover his senses?'
'You make me jealous, you lucky bastard!'
'Please help me do this up'
'Eva!' - 'What is it?'
'Eva!' - 'What is it?'
'He's not quite what I imagined him to be'
Schigolch, Lulu, Dr Schön
'If you and I married'
Dr Schön, Lulu, Painter
'So?' - 'Your marriage has made you at least a million marks. . .'
Painter, Dr Schön, Lulu
'Don't talk so loud'
Dr Schön, Alwa, Lulu
'I've never in my life known an audience so excited'
'More for me, please'
'That girl and her lovers'
'I met her first at Dr Schön's'
African Prince, Alwa
'She's had a sort of fainting fit'
Dresser, Alwa, Theatre Manager, Prince, Lulu
'What's wrong with her?'
Dr Schön, Alwa, Lulu, Dresser, Theatre Manager, Prince
'How dare you attempt to ruin my well-laid plans?'
Dr Schön, Lulu
'Take this pen and paper'
Lulu, Dr Schön
'Delighted that you will be there this evening'
Countess Geschwitz, Dr Schön, Lulu
'Why not stay here?'
Lulu, Dr Schön
'Thank the Lord, that at last we're. . .'
Schigolch, Acrobat, Schoolboy, Lulu
'You know it's she he really wanted to marry'
Acrobat, Schigolch, Schoolboy, Lulu
'I hope you locked the windows'
Schigolch, Lulu, Acrobat, Manservant, Schoolboy
'The matinée will be lit by ultra-violet light'
Alwa, Lulu, Manservant
'Is he ill?'
Alwa, Lulu, Manservant, Dr Schön
Lulu, Dr Schön, Alwa, Acrobat
'And where did he go?'
Dr Schön. Lulu, Countess Geschwitz
'Even though men have killed themselves because of who I am'
'Kneel down, murderous bitch!'
Dr Schön, Schoolboy, Lulu, Alwa
'You can't deliver me up for trial!'
Lulu, Alwa, Countess Geschwitz, Schoolboy
'We're like the players waiting for a bandleader'
Acrobat, Countess Geschwitz, Alwa, Schigolch
'This way is shorter'
Alwa, Acrobat, Schoolboy
'Hey, little Lulu, it's time we scarpered over the border'
Schigolch, Acrobat, Lulu, Alwa
'You're still as ravishing and youthful as in your portrait'
'Beneath this dress I feel your form in harmony'
'Gentleman and Ladies!'
Acrobat, Banker, Journalist, Marquis, Alwa, Lulu, Waiter, Servant, Designer, Mother, Fifteen-year-old Girl, Countess Geschwitz, Alwa
'Get to the point and say how much you want from me'
'Of the countless nubile, fun-loving lasses'
'The magistrate will reward anyone who finds the murderess'
'It's good! It's looking good!'
Alwa, Journalist, Banker, Designer, Mother, Lulu, Fifteen-year-old Girl, Acrobat, Marquis, Waiter, Servant, Countess Geschwitz
'May I intrude?'
'Message for the Bank Director'
Waiter, Banker, Lulu
'I need some money, in ready cash'
'You could at least treat me with respect!'
Acrobat, Marquis, Lulu
Lulu, Countess Geschwitz, Acrobat, Waiter
'I have lost all my money'
Journalist, Banker, Mother, Designer, Alwa, Fifteen-year-old Girl
'What the hell is this?'
Alwa, Lulu, Waiter, Police Commissioner, Marquis
'The rain's beating a tattoo'
Schigolch, Alwa, Lulu
'If this is not the ideal moment'
Countess Geschwitz, Schigolch, Lulu, Alwa
'Come along in, my love! Come!'
Lulu, Second Client, Schigolch
'Doctor Alwa's gone off to sleep'
Schigolch, Countess Geschwitz
'Who is that?'
Jack the Ripper, Lulu
'These are the last few moments'
Countess Geschwitz, Lulu, Jack the Ripper
Lisa Saffer soprano - Lulu
Susan Parry mezzo-soprano - Countess Geschwitz
Anna Burford mezzo-soprano - Dresser/Schoolboy/Waiter
Graham Danby bass - Professor of Medicine/Theatre Manager/Banker
Stuart Kale tenor - Painter/Second Client
Robert Hayward baritone - Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper
John Graham-Hall tenor - Alwa
Gwynne Howell bass - Schigolch
Robert Poulton baritone - Animal Tamer/Acrobat
Alan Oke tenor - African Prince/Manservant/Marquis
Roger Begley bass - Police Commissioner
Claire Mitcher soprano - Fifteen-year-old Girl
Paul Napier-Burrows bass - Servant
Jane Powell mezzo-soprano - Mother
Moira Harris soprano - Designer
Toby Stafford-Allen baritone - Journalist
14-19 & 22 May 2005