Le Grand Macabre

Hamburg International Music Festival

This concert has already taken place! € 94.00 | 75.00 | 55.00 | 33.00 | 17.00
This concert has already taken place! € 94.00 | 75.00 | 55.00 | 33.00 | 17.00

»An exhilarating success, a brilliant performance of Ligeti’s daunting score and a disarming production.« That was the New York Times’ verdict after three sold-out performances of György Ligeti’s opera »Le Grand Macabre« – a milestone of modern music theatre, which Alan Gilbert, in collaboration with Doug Fitch, producer Edouard Getaz and Giants Are Small, presented in New York for the first time in May 2010. As part of the Hamburg International Music Festival – which has a special focus on Ligeti’s music this year – the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra now brings the much-vaunted production to Hamburg with a version specially adapted for the Elbphilharmonie.

»Le Grand Macabre« is a fantastical parable about the downfall of humanity, »an opera about the existential crisis in the modern world, about finding meaning in life – with all its nonsense and craziness«, as Alan Gilbert argues. It is no coincidence that the dark music theatre spectacle is the most performed contemporary opera in the world.


NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

NDR Chor

Elizabeth Watts soprano

Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo-soprano

Mark Schowalter tenor

Werner Van Mechelen bass baritone

Wilbur Pauley bass

Heidi Melton soprano

Claire de Sévigné soprano

Anthony Roth Costanzo countertenor

John Relyea bass baritone

Andrew Dickinson tenor

Audrey Luna soprano

Rob Besserer acting

conductor Alan Gilbert

Catherine Zuber costume design

Clifton Taylor lighting design

James R. Smith assistant director

Doug Fitch scenic and projection design, director


György Ligeti
Le Grand Macabre / Oper in zwei Akten

Halbszenische Aufführung in englischer Sprache

Pre-Concert Talk (in German)
19:00 / Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Großer Saal

Estimated end time


Operas and Oratorios

Music Theatre


Hamburg International Music Festival

Promoter: HamburgMusik / NDR

Original production by Giants Are Small directed by Doug Fitch and produced by Edouard Getaz. Adaptation by Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and NDR © 2019 Giants Are Small LP. All rights reserved.

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