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Les Huguenots

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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, 10627, Germany
2020 February 02, 09, March 01, 08 at 16:00
Performers
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Alexander VedernikovConductor
David AldenDirector
Giles CadleSet Designer
Constance HoffmanCostume Designer
Erin MorleySopranoMarguerite de Valois
Irene RobertsMezzo-sopranoUrbain
Yosep KangTenorRaoul de Nangis
Olesya GolovnevaSopranoValentine
Andrew HarrisBassMarcel2020 Feb 02
Ante JerkunicaBassMarcel2020 Feb 09, Mar 01, 08
Philipp JekalBaritoneLe Comte de Nevers
Seth CaricoBass-baritoneLe Comte de Saint-Bris2020 Feb 02, 09
Derek WeltonBassLe Comte de Saint-Bris2020 Mar 01, 08
Robert WatsonTenorBois-Rosé2020 Feb 02, 09
Andrei DanilovConductorBois-Rosé2020 Mar 01, 08
Padraic RowanBaritoneMaurevert, Thoré
Paul KaufmannTenorTavannes
Jörg SchörnerTenorCossé
Stephen BronkBassDe Retz
Matthew CossackBaritoneMéru
Adam SilvermanLighting Designer
Marcel LeemannChoreography
Jeremy BinesChoirmaster / chorus director
Ballet of Deutsche Oper Berlin
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

In his LES HUGUENOTS [1836] Giacomo Meyerbeer transposed one of the bloodiest massacres in European history to the opera stage. The attempt by French Catholics to murder all the country’s Protestants on St Bartholomew’s Day in 1572 remains one of most ghastly examples of religious atrocities. That LES HUGUENOTS went on to become one of Meyerbeer’s most famous operas has as much to do with his relentless approach to the exposition as with the dramatic subject matter. The opera depicts the unfolding of a catastrophe, from the fragile interdenominational peace and the vain attempts at mediation to the organisation of the crime in the famous “benediction of the swords” culminating in the indiscriminate slaughter of the Huguenots.

In its linking of the fate of the two lovers Raoul and Valentine with the major historical event that was the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre, LES HUGUENOTS became the archetypal work of the new grand opéra sub-genre and one of the most influential operas in history.

LES HUGUENOTS is the central work in the Deutsche Oper’s Meyerbeer cycle, which presents new theatrical productions of the key works of Berlin’s greatest ever composer. The American David Alden, who recently directed Britten’s operas PETER GRIMES and BILLY BUDD and is one of the highest-profile directors working today, was signed to stage the work.

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