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Fin de partieNew production

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Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
March 06 20:00, March 08 20:00, March 10 14:00
Performers
Dutch National Opera
Markus StenzConductor
Pierre AudiDirector
Christof HetzerSet Designer, Costume Designer
Hilary SummersContraltoNell
Leonardo CortellazziTenorNagg
Leigh MelroseBaritoneClov
Frode OlsenBassHamm
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Urs SchönebaumLighting Designer

PURE MINIMALISM

Based on the famous play by Samuel Beckett, Fin de Partie is the first opera written by 91-year-old György Kurtág, one of the world’s greatest living composers. This production also marks Pierre Audi’s directorial debut at La Scala in Milan.

BECKETT: WAITING FOR THE END

Renowned author and Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett originally wrote his four-character play Fin de Partie (1957) in French, later translating it into English himself as Endgame. He said that writing in language that was not his mother tongue enabled him to adopt a more straightforward and direct style. Together with En Attendant GodotFin de Partie is reckoned among Beckett’s most important works. In it, Beckett pares drama down to the essence: a handful of people in a single space, passing the time together, their sole concern to await the end.

KURTÁG

György Kurtág’s compositions have left an indelible imprint on twentieth century music history. His stark, concentrated, intensely expressive style has made him an icon of minimal music, able to evoke whole universes in just a few bars. Applied to a classic work by fellow minimalist Samuel Beckett, his opera debut promises to be extraordinary.

 

Co-production with Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Leonardo Cortellazzi (Nagg) © Ruth Walz
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