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Le Grand Macabre

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Staged by the ground-breaking La Fura dels Baus, Le Grand Macabre is a dark surrealist farce set in an imagined world. Read More >

Le Grand Macabre, Hungarian composer Ligeti’s only opera, is a dark surrealist farce set in an imagined world, which laughs in the face of death and champions the claim: eat, drink and make love for who knows when the world might end.

Written as a response to ‘anti-opera’, Le Grand Macabre covers both traditional forms of opera and criticism of the art form. Its score contains references to classical composers as well as the urban sounds of the bleak, litter-strewn skyscraper city in which the opera is set.

Originally given its UK premiere by the English National Opera in 1982, this new production is staged by the world renowned Catalan theatre company La Fura dels Baus, the team that created the famous opening ceremony for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. It is the revised version of Le Grand Macabre created by Ligeti in 1996.

Le Grand Macabre is conducted by ENO’s Laurence Olivier Award-winning Music Director Edward Gardner.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 17/09/2009

Closing Night: 9/10/2009

Running time: 2h15

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Cast & Creative


Susanna Andersson, Susan Bickley, Andrew Watts, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Pavlo Hunka, Frode Olsen


Director - Alex Olle & Valentina Carrasco

Producer - English National Opera in a co-production with La Monnaie Brussels, Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Conductor - Edward Gardner

Lighting Designer - Peter van Praet

Set Designer - Alfons Flores

Music By - Ligeti

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