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LE GRAND MACABRE - Feb, March 2010 Adelaide Festival
1 Dec 2009
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AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Exclusive to Adelaide

Seize the day. Never was there such a mind-boggling work to convey that life-affirming message with such force and grotesque inspiration. 'The Big Mac' - as it's ironically nicknamed - is considered a milestone in the history of opera, the only one written by György Ligeti.

Sung in English and created in 1978 and revised in 1996, this contemporary anti-anti-opera comes to us directly from the English National Opera using a breathtakingly clever and audacious new staging by La Fura dels Baus - the company that famously created the Barcelona Olympics opening ceremony and also remembered for their controversial production at Barrie Kosky's 1996 Adelaide Festival.

With outrageous wit, wildly virtuosic vocal writing and astonishing filmic effects, La Fura dels Baus' Le Grand Macabre is a spectacular surrealist farce set in a fantasy world that laughs in the face of modern life and points to the moral: eat, drink and make love, for who knows when the world might end.

Gross, enthralling, outrageous, funny and essentially human, don't miss this exclusive opportunity to see this huge production here in Australia.

Adelaide Festival - A co-production of Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, English National Opera, London, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Barcelona and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

"A unique masterpiece of absurdist opera." The Sunday Times

Director: Alex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus), Valentina Carrasco (La Fura dels Baus) Venus/Gepopo: Susanna Andersson Prince Go-Go: Brian Asawa Amando: Frances Bourne Amanda: Ilse Eerens Nekrotzar: Roderick Earle White Minister: Adam Goodburn Mescalina: Ning Liang Piet the Pot: Chris Merritt Astradamors: Frode Olsen Black Minister: Christopher Tonkin

Composer: György Ligeti, Libretto by: Michael Meschke György Ligeti, Conductor: Robert Houssart, Set Designer: Alfons Flores, Video Designer: Franc Aleu, Costume Designer: Lluc Castells, Lighting Designer: Peter van Praet, Associate Conductor/chorusmaster: Timothy Sexton, English translation: Geoffrey Skelton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

State Opera Chorus

Sung in English, with surtitles

Event Information

BOOK AT BASS 131 246 or www.bass.net.au

26, 28 February & 3, 4 March

Premium: $179

A Res: $159

B Res: $129 Conc $95

C Res: $99 Conc $65


Book before 22 November 2009 for prime seats held just for Friends of the Festival & State Opera subscribers (on a first-in first served basis).

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes with interval. May not be suitable for under 15's - Adult Concepts

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