Le ProphèteNew production

Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, Germany
November 26 17:00, November 30 18:00, December 03 17:00, December 09 18:00, December 16 18:00, 2018 January 04 18:00, January 07 17:00
Performers
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Enrique MazzolaConductor
Olivier PyDirector
Pierre-André WeitzSet Designer
Gregory KundeTenorJean de Leyde
Clémentine MargaineMezzo-sopranoFidès
Elena TsallagovaSopranoBerthe
Andrew DickinsonTenorJonas
Noel BouleyBass-baritoneMathisen
Derek WeltonBassZacharie
Seth CaricoBass-baritoneOberthal
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus
Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra

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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