Le ProphèteNew production

Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, Deutschland
November 26 17:00, November 30 18:00, Dezember 03 17:00, Dezember 09 18:00, Dezember 16 18:00, 2018 Januar 04 18:00, Januar 07 17:00
Darsteller
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Enrique MazzolaDirigent
Olivier PyRegisseur
Pierre-André WeitzBühnenbild
Gregory KundeTenorJohann von Leyden
Clémentine MargaineMezzosopranFidès
Elena TsallagovaSopranBerthe
Andrew DickinsonTenorJonas
Noel BouleyBassbaritonMathisen
Derek WeltonBassZacharias
Seth CaricoBassbaritonGraf Oberthal
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

In his next grand opéra following the global hit that was Les Huguenots Giacomo Meyerbeer again addressed the century of reformation. Le Prophète charts the rise and fall of the regime that installed the Protestant Anabaptist sect in the Westphalian city of Münster in 1535. Jean de Leyde, an innkeeper, leads the band of fundamentalists in an act of defiance against the despotic Catholic authorities. However, he soon realises that the revolutionaries are as corrupt as the rulers they have displaced. Audiences at once took Le Prophète to be a commentary on the revolution of 1848 - and this tale of religion being used to justify the creation of a theocracy is indeed as topical today as it was in Meyerbeer’s time. Yet Le Prophète is also the riveting psychological story of a mother-son relationship: the opera centres not on Jean’s love for his fiancée Berthe but on his relationship with his mother, Fidès.

The Deutsche Oper Berlin is delighted to have engaged Olivier Py, one of the most sought-after directors working today. Director of the Avignon Festival since 2013, Py is one of the few directors to have carved an international reputation as a successful director of both plays and operas. In 2011 his production of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots at the Théâtre La Monnaie in Brussels was voted Production of the Year by Opernwelt magazine.

In French language with German and English surtitles

4 hrs 30 mins / 2 intervals

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance


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