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Special Events, The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer, Starring John Malkovich, Written and directed by Michael Sturminger, Adrian Kelly, music concept & conductor, Musica Angelica, Baroque ensemble, October 21, 2011, Patron Sponsors Susan Marinoff and Thomas Schrag


In a work that is equal parts concert, theater, and opera, John Malkovich, a legend of stage and screen, comes to Zellerbach Hall for one night only! The Infernal Comedy recounts the unforgettable story of Austrias Jack Unterweger, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1976 for murdering a young girl, but became a literary celebrity with the publication of his autobiography, Purgatory. Considered a model of rehabilitation, he was paroled in 1990—only to go on to murder 11 more women on two continents. With a voice that purrs with menace, Malkovich recreates this deadly Don Juan—a man both charming and utterly manipulative—while two sopranos represent the unfortunate women in Unterweger's life. Add to the mix the soaring music of Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and others, and the expert artistry of Baroque music ensemble Musica Angelica, and you have the makings of an unforgettable evening.


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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]


John Malkovich Revealed on CNN, featuring interviews and clips from the world premiere of The Infernal Comedy in Vienna. CNN follows Malkovich from Vienna, to Italy and Paris for his fashion line, to Spain for the next performances.

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