Messiaen: Saint François d’Assise

Hamburg Philharmonic State Ochestra / Kent Nagano – Hamburg International Music Festival

Tickets from €25.30 25.30 | 68.20 | 93.50 | 113.30 | 141.90
Tickets from €25.30 25.30 | 68.20 | 93.50 | 113.30 | 141.90
Johannes Martin Kränzle
Johannes Martin Kränzle © Christian Palm
Anna Prohaska
Anna Prohaska © Marco Borggreve
Kent Nagano
Kent Nagano © Felix Broede

Famous French composer Olivier Messiaen described birds as »the greatest artists among all creatures«, and included birdsong in some of his works. That connects him with St Francis of Assisi, who, legend has it, preached to the birds and praised the Lord’s Creation. It was only logical, then, that Messiaen should dedicate to the founder of the Franciscan order his biggest and most all-embracing composition: the opera »Saint François d’Assise«. Kent Nagano and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra perform it tonight at the Elbphilharmonie.


Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

Audi Jugendchorakademie


Anna Prohaska L’Ange

Johannes Martin Kränzle St. François

Ioan Hotea Le Lépreux

Kartal Karagedik Frère Léon

Dovlet Nurgeldiyev Frère Massée

Andrew Dickinson Frère Élie

Alexander Roslavets Frère Bernard

conductor Kent Nagano

Thomas Jürgens, Julia Mottl, Georges Delnon staging

Janina Zell dramaturgy

Martin Steidler Einstudierung Chor


Olivier Messiaen
Saint François d’Assise / Opera in three acts and eight scenes in French with German surtitles

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Opera in Concert


Hamburg International Music Festival

Promoter: Staatsoper Hamburg / HamburgMusik

A joint production by Hamburg State Opera, Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and HamburgMusik

Supported by Commerzbank Hamburg and the Stiftung zur Förderung der Hamburgischen Staatsoper

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