Opera

LE GRAND MACABRE

Opera Le Grand Macabre presents an extremely bizarre apocalyptic vision of a world gone mad.

Venue | The State Opera
Show duration | 1h 40 min

Pá 14.6.
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19:00
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Ne 16.6.
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So 22.6.
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The one and only opera written by the Hungarian-Austrian composer György Ligeti, a major representative of the 20th-century avant-garde, Le Grand Macabre is a truly remarkable work, in many a respect surpassingthat that which is commonly expected from a piece of this genre.

Loosely based on the Belgian dramatist Michel de Ghelderode’s play La balade du grand macabre, Ligeti provocatively branded it “anti-anti-opera”. Le Grand Macabre presents an extremely bizarre apocalyptic vision of a world gone mad, teeming with characters of such telling names as Nekrotzar, Piet The Pot, Clitoria, Spermando … Ligeti’s spectacular operatic fresco, set in a fictitious city bearing an equally telling name, Breughelland, not only shocks by featuring harsh, spine-chilling and perverse images, it is also striking in terms of the score, with the musical idiom encompassing conventional instruments, but also giving scope to a large variety of entirely unprecedented sounds, produced by car-horns, electric doorbells, a sledgehammer, an alarm clock, paper bags, a tray full of crockery, a saucepan, a pistol and other items.

Le Grand Macabre received its world premiere in Stockholm in 1978. Later on, Ligeti made considerable revisions to the opera for a production at the Salzburger Festspiele in 1997.

The production has been financially supported by the National Theatre Benefactors’ Club.

Creators

conductor JIŘÍ ROŽEŇ
Director NIGEL LOWERY
Light design LOTHAR BAUMGARTEN
video design LUKÁŠ PANOCH
chorus master ADOLF MELICHAR

Acting

Princ Go-Go DAVID DQ LEE
The Black Minister MICHAL MARHOLD
Schabernack TOMÁŠ BARTŮNĚK
Mescalina VIKTORIA KOROSUNOVA
Schobiack PAVEL BOREK
Piet the Pot THOR INGE FALCH
Ruffiack MARTIN KREUZ
The White Minister BENJAMÍN HÁJEK
Ruffiack DALIBOR PAVELKA
Astradamors IVO HRACHOVEC
Schobiack ANDREJ STYRKUL
Nekrotzar MARCUS JUPITHER
Amanda MAGDALÉNA HEBOUSSE
Schabernack VÍT PALACKÝ
Amando ARNHEIÐUR EIRIKSDÓTTIR