Two semi-staged performances of one of the most formidable and exciting operas of the last 50 years.
14 January 2017: http://lso.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2017/01/14/562/-/ligeti-le-grand-macabre.html
15 January 2017: http://lso.co.uk/whats-on/icalrepeat.detail/2017/01/15/563/-/ligeti-le-grand-macabre
Set in a land of despots, debauchery and drunkenness, Le grand macabre is a wild journey through the end of the world, bolstered by music from one of the most imaginative composers of the 20th century.
Ligeti wasn't so sure that you could even class it as an opera, and he despised the term 'anti-operas', so trendy among his peers. So Le grand macabre has become the first, the only, and possibly the last ever example of an anti-anti-opera. Because with a theatrical vision as expansive and brilliant as this, it’s hard to imagine anything that comes close.
LIGETI Le grand macabre (semi-staged)
Sir Simon Rattle: conductor
Peter Sellars: director
Peter Hoare: Piet the Pot
Ronnita Miller: Amando
Elizabeth Watts: Amanda
Pavlo Hunka: Nekrotzar
Frode Olsen: Astradamors
Heidi Melton: Mescalina
Audrey Luna: Venus, Gepopo
Anthony Roth Costanzo: Prince Gogo
Peter Tantsits: White Minister
Joshua Bloom: Black Minister
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey: chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra