This is one of the best operas of 20th century and the opera is realist and story is narrated with a heavy language, very effective...
And this performance is really excellent. Decor is minimalist and very good. The cast has no weak link and Andrew Davis with his London Philharmonic bring dramatic and powerful interpretation.
The silent film (in 2 Act) is terrific and they followed all instructions of Berg. This music has a different form: music starts with film, continues and arrives to centre of music, and then music runs backward! (with whole orchestra takes mutes in instruments).
This is a story about the rise and fall in society of a "femme fatale", from life as a society hostess in a casino in Paris to prostitution in London's dirty streets. She makes three wedding, which ends all her three husbands deaths and she be indifferent in all of them (from the Proffesor to Alwa). She eventually descends into prostitution and eventual bloody death at the hands of Jack the Ripper! And he kills Countess Geschwitz, too, who is the in love to Lulu!
Lulu's three husbands:
The Professor Goll - deaths with a suddenheart disease
The Painter - who painted Lulu's portrait
Dr. Schön - Alwa's father
These three man first appears in 1st and 2nd Acts, are appears once more in 3rd Act (2nd Scene in London) with these characters:
The Professor - the first client of Lulu
The Negro (actually the Painter)- 2nd client and kills Alwa (the last husband of Lulu), because of The Negro attacks Lulu and Alwa wants to save Lulu but the Negro kills him...
Jack the Ripper (actually Dr. Schön)
And this situation is not an economy in singer's cast. This means that, Lulu's dead husbands to take vengeance.
Highly recommended for any Alban Berg and opera admirers.