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Each of Catherine Zuber's detailed costumes evoked the spirit of the piece and helped the singer ground his or her interpretation. Marie's garb was particularly attractive and told a great deal about her priorities. The set by Robert Brill resembled a stick-built amphitheater that rotated on a turntable. It would have been strikingly effective if it had moved silently. Unfortunately, it creaked during the interludes that join the opera's numerous scenes and distracted the audience from the intriguing videos designed by Dustin O'Neill.

The tavern, featuring the San Diego Opera chorus and onstage bands in 'Wozzeck'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard
The tavern, featuring the San Diego Opera chorus and onstage bands in 'Wozzeck'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard

Wozzeck is not an easy, feel good opera, but San Diego's opera goers were immensely appreciative of the company's efforts to bring them something a little bit different for a change.

Nina Warren as Marie in the San Diego Opera production of 'Wozzeck'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard
Nina Warren as Marie in the San Diego Opera production of 'Wozzeck'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard

 

Copyright © 13 May 2007 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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