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Ph. Andrea Felvégi
From 15 to 25 November 2018
György Kurtág

Dramaturgic version György Kurtág taken from Samuel Beckett's drama


First execution ever

Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
New Teatro alla Scala Production in coproduction with De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam


Conductor Markus Stenz
Staging Pierre Audi
Sets and costumes Christof Hetzer
Lights Urs Schönebaum


Hamm Frode Olsen
Clov Leigh Melrose
Nell Hilary Summers
Nagg Leonardo Cortellazzi



György Kurtág, whose compositions left an indelible mark on the development of twentieth-century music, had never written an opera. At least, not until he had turned ninety. Applying his bare, concentrated, intensely expressive style to Samuel Beckett’s 1957 classic, the scope of this composition goes beyond the world of music, extending also to the territories of theatre and literature. The world premiere will be conducted by Markus Stenz and directed by Pierre Audi, who makes his début at La Scala with this production. Engaging in an extraordinary work that lingers on the minimal nuances of text and music, the cast includes Frode Olsen, Leigh Melrose, Hilary Summers and Leonardo Cortellazzi.