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Perfect symbiosis of words and music in Fin de partie

Leonardo Cortellazzi (Nagg) © Ruth Walz

György Kurtág’s long awaited opera Fin de partie gets a second run in Amsterdam after its La Scala premiere, with the same excellent cast, conductor and production team.

*****
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Beckett at La Scala: world première of Kurtág's Fin de partie

Leigh Melrose (Clov) and Frode Olsen (Hamm) © Ruth Walz | Teatro alla Scala
Never before has human impotence been so cruelly portrayed on stage.
****1
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Le Grand Macabre: surreal, madcap, sublime

Pavlo Hunka (the Nekrotzar) and Peter Hoare (Piet the Pot) © John Phillips | Getty Images
Simon Rattle leads the LSO and a fine chorus and cast of soloists in Ligeti's masterpiece: surreal, madcap but touching the sublime.
*****
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The end of the world. Or something: Ligeti's Le grand macabre at the Norwegian National Opera

The world ended yesterday. Possibly. It probably didn’t, but the facts are still kind of fuzzy.György Ligeti’s only opera, Le grand macabre is a strange piece. The story is straightforward enough: Nekrotzar, a Death-like figure, travels around the world of Breughelland warning its citizens of impending doom – a giant comet will destroy Earth at midnight.
*****
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Les Arts estrena Fin de partie, de Kurtág en España

Nell (Hilary Summers), Nagg (Leonardo Cortellazzi) y Hamm (Frode Olsen) © Miguel Lorenzo & Mikel Ponce | Les Arts
Tras haberse programado solo en Milán y Ámsterdam, llega a España, propiciado por Les Arts, el estreno de Fin de partie, de Kurtág.
*****
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Au monde, une fascinante création

En février 2015, c’est un opéra de Philippe Boesmans qui est créé à l'Opéra Comique après l’avoir été en 2014 à La Monnaie de Bruxelles : Au monde. Du très grand art, fondé sur le théâtre d’une étrangeté captivante de Joël Pommerat.
****1
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