Alban Berg’s modernist masterpiece Lulu returns to the Met, starring Marlis Petersen as the scandalous femme fatale and conducted by newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi, in a performance heard live on Colorado Public Radio's Classical Stations beginning at 11 am Saturday, May 8th. When Petersen performed Lulu in Chicago in 2008, the Chicago Tribune celebrated the German soprano’s performance in the “murderously difficult title role,” calling her “today’s Lulu of choice in opera houses around the world.” The cast includes Anne Sofie von Otter as the Countess Geschwitz, Gary Lehman as Alwa, Michael Schade as the amorous Painter, Bradley Garvin as the Animal Trainer/Acrobat, and James Morris as Dr. Schön. The production is by John Dexter, sets and costumes are by Jocelyn Herbert, and Gil Wechsler is the lighting designer.
The intermission segments will feature a Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz hosted by Eric Owens, star of the 2010-11 season opening production of Das Rheingold, as well as backstage interviews with the stars of Lulu. Also featured will be a special preview of the coming season at the Met. Find more information about Lulu and The Met here.