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Work: Le Grand Macabre

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ComposerLigeti, György (1923-2006)
Period20th century
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Quirky staging, superb singing: Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Zurich

Jens Larsen (Astradamors) and Leigh Melrose (Nekrotzar) © Herwig Prammer
Ligeti's “anti-anti opera” opens in Zurich in a new production by Tatjana Gürbaca. 
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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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Le grand macabre at the Neue Oper Wien

With sub-Ionesco doggerel for a libretto, a patchy score and a disjointed plot, it takes deft stage direction for farce and satire to blend credibly in Le grand macabre, Ligeti’s 1977 operatic spoof on doom-laden prophesizing.
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Peu importe la mort : éternel Ligeti à la Philharmonie

Matthias Pintscher © Franck Ferville
Vendredi 7 décembre. Loin des costumes à paillettes et autres musiques féériques de saison, l'Ensemble intercontemporain investit la Philharmonie dans un programme 100% Ligeti et 100% macabre.
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