Le Grand Macabre
This magnificent, cryptic and always slightly vulgar piece of world theatre, whose overture consists of a concert of car horns, will be staged by director Tatjana Gürbaca, who has already displayed her exuberant theatrical imagination in several opera productions at Zurich Opera House.
György Ligeti’s opera, Le Grand Macabre – which premièred in Stockholm in 1978 – is one of the 20th century’s most potent works of musical theatre. The piece is a cryptically coarse, garishly colourful, meticulously composed mixture of mediaeval mystery play, absurd theatre and ludicrous grotesquerie. In a polemical barb against the highbrow and restrictive ideologists of musical Modernism, Ligeti himself described the piece as an “anti-anti-opera.”
Photo by Cheung Wai Lok