I'm very excited to share with all of you that I'm going to conduct the Czech premiere of Ligeti's opera Le Grand Macabre at the State Opera in Prague next June!
György Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre will receive its Czech premiere. The one and only opera written by the Hungarian-Austrian composer, one of the major representatives of the 20th-century avant-garde, is a truly remarkable work, one that in many a respect surpasses that which is commonly expected from a piece of this genre.
Stage director, Sets and Costumes - Nigel Lowery
Lighting design - Lothar Baumgarte
Video design - Thilo Heins
Chorus master - Adolf Melichar
Dramaturgy - Ondřej Hučín
Piet the Pot - Alexander Kravets
Amando - Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir
Amanda - Tereza Štěpánková
Nekrotzar - Nathan Berg
Astradamors - Miloš Horák
Mescalina - Andrea Tögel Kalivodová
Venus - Eir Inderhaug
Princ Go-Go - Hagen Matzeit
The White Minister - Josef Moravec
The Black Minister - Jiří Hájek
Ruffiack - Michael Skalický, Libor Novák
Schobiack - Andrej Styrkul, Dalibor Pavelka
Schabernack - Pavel Borek, Tomáš Bartůněk
Loosely based on the Belgian avant-garde dramatist Michel de Ghelderode’s play La balade du grand macabre, Ligeti provocatively branded it “anti-anti-opera”. Le GrandMacabre 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 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 had its world premiere in Stockholm in 1978. Later on, Ligeti made considerable revisions to the opera in preparation for a production at the Salzburger Festspiele in 1997.
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