Sir Simon Rattle brings Ligeti’s Le grand macabre to the Barbican

Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars pit their creative partnership against one of the most formidable and exciting operas of the last 50 years: Ligeti’s Le grand macabre.

Building on the success of previous collaborations including Bach’s St Matthew Passion and St John Passion, Sir Simon and Peter Sellars begin a new journey with Ligeti’s anti-opera.  The project includes a huge orchestra (including over 50 different percussion instruments), large cast, chorus, as well as lighting, costume and video designers – bringing the whole spectacle to life. The two performances at the Barbican on 14 and 15 January will be the culmination of months of work including the preparation of the London Symphony Orchestra by Duncan Ward, who also takes on a backstage conducting role during the performances.

Ligeti’s Le grand macabre is one of two programmes showcased by Sir Simon and the LSO this January, the second of which is a premiere by Mark Anthony Turnage ‘Remembering’ and one of Sir Simon’s most favourite works, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. This programme will be performed at the Barbican London on 19 January (and recorded by BBC Radio 3), then on tour in Paris (20 Jan) and Luxembourg (21 Jan).

Cast of Le grand macabre:

Sir Simon Rattle: conductor
Peter Sellars: director
Peter Hoare: Piet the Pot
Ronnita Miller: Amando
Elizabeth Watts: Amanda
Pavlo Hunka: Nekrotzar
Frode Olsen: Astradamors
Heidi Melton: Mescalina
Audrey Luna: Venus, Gepopo
Anthony Roth: Costanzo Prince Gogo
Peter Tantsits: White Minister
Joshua Bloom: Black Minister
Christian Valle: Ruffiack
Fabian Langguth: Schobiak
Benson Wilson: Schabernack
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey: chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

Hans-Georg Lenhart: assistant director
Ben Zamora: lighting
Michelle Bradbury: costume designer
Nick Hillel: video designer
Betsy Ayer: stage manager

For more information, visit the LSO website.

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