Rattle/Sellars/London Symphony Orchestra

Ligeti's Le grand macabre

14 - 15 January 2017 / 19:00

Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars pit their creative partnership against one of the most formidable and exciting operas of the last 50 years: Ligeti's 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, its hard to imagine anything that comes close.

Please note that these performances contain very strong language and adult themes

Programme & performers

Ligeti Le grand macabre (semi-staged performance)

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
Christian Valle Ruffiack
Fabian Langguth Schobiak
Benson Wilson Schabernack
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey
chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

Hans-Georg Lenhart assistant director
Ben Zamora lighting
Michelle Bradbury costume designer
Nick Hillel video designer
Betsy Ayer stage manager

This event is part of:
Produced by LSO and Barbican

LSO Sing is supported by the John S Cohen Foundation and Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement


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