Opera QuartettDon't let plans go, Classical music and Opera
02/22/2017 - 03/03/2017
There are many good reasons to go and see this opera, not least the fact that it's being staged at Barcelona's Liceu theatre. Founded in 1847 and once the largest opera house in Europe, it was restored in the late 1990s following a fire and it's a splendid sight that combines its original glamour with modern technology. Another incentive is that Quartett is a prime example of contemporary opera, the work of Italian composer Luca Francesconi that premiered in April 2011 at La Scala.
A reworking of Dangerous Liaisons based on the 1980 play Quartet by late German playwright Heiner Müller, its themes include seduction, cruelty, decadence and emotional isolation. It's set in Paris during the French revolution and features just two performers, although, according to Francesconi, they each play at least five characters, 'as we all do'. Finally, the artistic director is Alex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus, a Catalan theatre company that's renowned for its energetic creations.
"The perfect example of contemporary opera in an unbeatable setting, the Gran Teatre del Liceu. A friend told me that years ago it was the biggest opera house in Europe …"
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