The moment has arrived: on November 15 the first opera ever written by György Kurtág will make its debut in World Premiere: Samuel Beckett: Fin de Partie.
The Hungarian artist, pupil of Messiaen and Milhaud, often associated with Ligeti and Boulez, is considered among the major living composers for his synthetic, concentrated, intense and miniaturist style. Now, at the age of 92, he faces a full length opera in an exceptional artistic effort and breakthrough.
This historically relevant score is the result of over 10 years of thorough work on Samuel Beckett’s famous piece Endgame, that Kurtág saw in Paris in 1957 (at the suggestion of Ligeti) and always dreamed to translate into music. No one managed to draw an entire opera from a Beckett play until now, he will be the first one after a whole career dedicated to the musical investigation of the relationship between words and sound.
The production is entrusted to Markus Stenz on the podium and famous stage director Pierre Audi. The four characters (Hamm, Clov, Nagg and Nell) are Frode Olsen, Leigh Melrose, Hilary Summers and Leonardo Cortellazzi, who have been working since two years with the composer to refine all the text nuances.
This international happening, in co-production with the Dutch Opera of Amsterdam, is attracting contemporary music enthusiasts and journalist from all over the world. On the press, it was already announced by The New York Times, The Spectator, Il Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica.
The Premiere on November 15 will be broadcast live by Rai Radio3 and Euroradio/EBU.
Reruns until November 25.
Tickets from € 11 to 150 (plus booking fee). ScalAperta tickets (24 Nov.) from € 5,50 to 75.
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