The Moon Rises Red
Watch an excerpt from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera's February 28 performance of Alban Berg's Wozzeck featuring baritone Matthias Goerne (Wozzeck) and sporano Evelyn Herlitzius (Marie) conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
Wozzeck: Tell me, Marie, how long has it been since our first meeting?
Marie: At Pentecost, three years.
W: And how long do you think it might last?
M: I must go!
W: Frightened, Marie? And you so pure? And good. And true!
Your lips are beautiful to touch, Marie! I'd give up Heaven and earth, even paradise, if I could forever kiss you!
But no, I cannot! You're trembling?
M: The night dew falls.
W: (to himself) When cold, girl, you'll freeze no more. You'll freeze no more come morning.
M: What do you mean?
(a long silence)
M: How the moon rises red!
W: Like iron washed in blood! (draws a knife)
M: You're trembling? What now?
W: Not me, Marie, then no one else! (He seizes her and plunges the knife into her throat.)
M: Help me!
(She sinks down. Wozzeck bends over her. Marie dies.)
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