György Ligeti

Le grand macabre


Concert performance, in German, with Hungarian surtitles
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György Ligeti (1923-2006) was one of the most emblematic figures of 20th century music. This opera consisting of four scenes in two acts was based on Belgian dramatist Michel de Ghelderode's play of the same name. The world premiere was held in Stockholm in 1978, and the work was performed in Budapest for the first time 20 years later, in the Thália Theatre. “It was as if the play was tailor-made for my musical and dramatic conception,” said Ligeti of de Ghelderode's work, which featured “the apocalypse that does not really take place, Death as a hero, or who is perhaps just a small imposter, the corrupted and yet happily prosperous, drunken, whorish, imaginary world of 'Breughelland'.” The procession of jumbled and grotesque scenes evokes the atmosphere of medieval mystery plays.

General cast

Conductor
Gergely Vajda
Piet vom Fass
Dan Karlström
Gioconda
Orsolya Sáfár
Giocondo
Éva Várhelyi
Nekrotzar
Heiko Trinsinger
Mescalina
Andrea Meláth
Astradamors
Kouta Räsänen
Venus
Orsolya Hajnalka Rőser
Secret policewoman
Ildikó Szakács
White minister
Gábor Csiki
Black minister
Zoltán Megyesi
Go-go prince
József Csapó

Credits

Featuring
Danubia Orchestra Óbuda
Hungarian surtitles
Balázs Kovalik

Premiere
May 26, 2017

Events

2017. May 26., Fri, 19:00