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Francesconi: Quartett at the Royal Opera House

 18 June 2014 at  

Francesconi: Quartett at the Royal Opera House

Lindbury Studio
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
United Kingdom

John Fulljames director
Soutra Gilmour designs
Ravi Deepres video projection
Bruno Poet lighting design
Sound Intermedia sound design
Andrew Gourlay conductor
London Sinfonietta

Two lovers find themselves trapped in a bitter power battle, a demonstration of humanity's appalling capacity for hatred that will eventually tear them apart. This intense tale of love, heartbreak and obsessive manipulation exposes the raw, primeval foundations that lurk beneath all our carefully manicured lives.

Heiner Müller took inspiration from Laclos' Les Liaisons dangereuses for his 1980 play Quartett, and Francesconi set it almost word for word in this chamber opera, using his own English translation. Quartett was acclaimed at its 2011 premiere at La Scala, Milan, praised for its unique and profoundly affecting musical vocabulary. The UK premiere uses a new staging created by director John Fulljames for the Linbury Studio Theatre. It is the second of two major music theatre collaborations that bookend the London Sinfonietta season.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 19:45 to Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 18:00

Luca Francesconi : Quartett

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