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Le grand Macabre

on November 11, 2023
Music György Ligeti → Opera in two acts
Libretto Michael Meschke & György Ligeti
based on La Balade du Grand Macabre
by Michel de Ghelderode


Future dates

09. November 2023
10.30 - 13.00
1 intermission
11. November 2023
19.00 - 21.30
1 intermission
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14. November 2023
19.00 - 21.30
1 intermission
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17. November 2023
19.00 - 21.30
1 intermission
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19. November 2023
19.00 - 21.30
1 intermission
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23. November 2023
19.00 - 21.30
1 intermission
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Cast 11.11.2023

Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado
Inszenierung, Choreographie & Bühne Jan Lauwers
Costume Design Lot Lemm
Lighting Design Ken Hioco
Ko-Choreographie Paul Blackman
Dramaturge Elke Janssens
Nekrotzar Georg Nigl
Chef der Gepopo / Venus Sarah Aristidou
Fürst Go-Go Andrew Watts
Amanda Maria Nazarova
Amando Isabel Signoret
Astradamors Wolfgang Bankl
Mescalina Marina Prudenskaya
Piet vom Fass Gerhard Siegel
Weißer Minister Daniel Jenz
Schwarzer Minister Hans Peter Kammerer


Prophesied armageddons generally disappoint. In his only opera, Le Grand Macabre, György Ligeti created a large, discursive world theatre in which the plain, unvarnished human condition with all its drives and weaknesses is the cause of nothing less than an impending apocalypse. Into an imaginary, corrupt land of milk and honey – Breughelland, a vision of gluttony, drunkenness and lechery – Death arrives one day, otherwise known as Nekrotzar or the demonic Grand Macabre, to announce the impending destruction of the world and frivolous humanity. However, seduced by the pleasures of life, which he is unfamiliar with, the only person to die at the end is Nekrotzar himself. Everyone else draws the conclusion that their temporary survival should be used to continue their previous lifestyle.

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