Fritz Lang’s famous crime thriller movie from 1931, in a score by multiple-award-winning pianist and composer Moritz Eggert in which language, noises and music combine to form an iridescent fabric of sound. At the heart of Barrie Kosky’s production is the dazzling figure of the murderer – played by the internationally successful Texan baritone Scott Hendricks – who is being chased by the city mob.
The city is up in arms! A serial murderer is on the loose. Several girls have already been found dead. Under great pressure and using all the means at their disposal, the police search for the culprit. And the city’s criminals are also keeping busy, as the increased police activities – which involve raids and house-to-house searches – is bad for business in every sense. And so the murderer, ultimately a victim of his own sick urges, is pursued, hunted and driven to madness by all the city’s thieves, burglars, whores, fences, beggars and con artists.