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Hommage à Ligeti - Le Grand Macabre - Opera film
27
May
2019
BMC
Library
27 May 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Budapest Music Center - Library
1093 Budapest, Mátyás utca 8.


"What does Ligeti mean to me?

The intuition that there is something higher, more perfect than I could ever imagine, that there are connectionc in art, in the sciences, in the cosmos, about which he knows - and here my sentence breaks off."
György Kurtág

György Ligeti, one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century, would have been 96 years old on 28th of May.

Le Grand Macabre (1974–77, revised version 1996) is the only opera by Hungarian composer György Ligeti. The opera has two acts, and its libretto – based on the 1934 play La balade du grand macabre by Michel De Ghelderode – was written by Ligeti in collaboration with Michael Meschke. Le Grand Macabre was premiered in Stockholm on 12 April 1978. In preparation for a 1997 production at the Salzburg Festival, Ligeti made substantial revisions to the opera in 1996, tightening the structure by means of cuts in scenes 2 and 4, setting some of the originally spoken passages to music and removing others altogether. The revised version was premiered in Salzburg on 28 July 1997, in a production directed by Peter Sellars.

Ligeti’s (1923-2006) absurd-tragicomical masterpiece of the highest order blends popular theater, comics, pop art, cabaret, caricature and the Apocalypse with fascinating imaginativeness. The orchestra, for example, is enhanced with “instruments” such as car horns and doorbells. Ligeti himself called his work an "anti-anti-opera." The story unfolds in an imaginary land inspired by the famous Dutch painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder: Nekrotzar, the Grand Macabre, announces the end of the world; but in a land ruled by eros, alcohol and corruption, his plan to unleash the Apocalypse bursts like a soap bubble. The people continue to lead their lives as before and refuse to be frightened by thoughts of death and a dark future...


Program:

1. György LIGETI: Le Grand Macabre

Opera in two acts, 2011, 122 perc

A production of Unitel, Gran Teatre del Liceu, ZDF/3sat and Classica


Featuring:

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Grand Teatre del Liceu


Chorus master:

José Luis Basso


Conductor:


Michael Boder


Stage director:

Álex Ollé, Valentina Carrasco


Set designer:

Alfons Flores


Costume designer:

Lluc Castelles


Lighting designer:


Peter van Praet


Video:


Franc Aleu


Video director:

Xaxi Bové


Cast:


Nekrotzar - Werner van Mechelen

Piet vom Fass - Chris Merritt

Astradamors - Frode Olsen

Venus/Gepopo - Barbara Hannigan

Mescalina - Ning Liang

Amanda - Ana Puche

Amando - Ines Moraleda

Black Minister - Simon Butteriss

White Minister - Francisco Vas

Prince Go-go - Brian Asawa


Entry to the program is free, but due to the limited number of seats a primary registration via e-mail (papp.krisztina@bmc.hu) is requested, 12:00 27th May, 2019 by the latest. Thank you for your understanding!


Further information:

https://bmc.hu


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