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Le Prophète

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864)

A grand opéra in five acts
Libretto by Eugène Scribe und Émile Deschamps
World premiere: 16th February 1849 at the Opéra de Paris
Premiere (revised version, based on the history of the opera’s development) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin: 26th November 2017

In French language with German and English surtitels

4 hrs 30 mins / 2 intervals

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

Cast

Conductor

Enrique Mazzola

Stage Director

Olivier Py

Set Design; Costume Design

Pierre-André Weitz

Light Design

Bertrand Killy

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines

Dramaturge

Jörg Königsdorf

Dramaturge

Sebastian Hanusa

Jean de Leyden

Gregory Kunde
Bruce Sledge (04.01.2018 | 07.01.2018)

Berthe

Elena Tsallagova
Nicole Haslett (04.01.2018)

Jonas

Andrew Dickinson
Gideon Poppe (09.12.2017 | 16.12.2017 | 04.01.2018 | 07.01.2018)

Mathisen

Noel Bouley
Thomas Lehman (16.12.2017 | 04.01.2018 | 07.01.2018)

Zaccharias

Derek Welton

Oberthal

Seth Carico

Anabaptist / Officer

Dean Murphy

Farmer / Anabaptist / Citizen

Ya-Chung Huang

Farmer / Anabaptist / Citizen

Byung Gil Kim

The Concert Programme

In his next grand opéra following the global hit that was LES HUGUENOTS Giacomo Meyerbeer again addressed the century of reformation. LE PROPHETE charts the rise and fall of the regime that installed the Protestant Anabaptist sect in the Westphalian city of Münster in 1535. Jean de Leyde, an innkeeper, leads the band of fundamentalists in an act of defiance against the despotic Catholic authorities. However, he soon realises that the revolutionaries are as corrupt as the rulers they have displaced. Audiences at once took LE PROPHETE to be a commentary on the revolution of 1848 - and this tale of religion being used to justify the creation of a theocracy is indeed as topical today as it was in Meyerbeer’s time. Yet LE PROPHETE is also the riveting psychological story of a mother-son relationship: the opera centres not on Jean’s love for his fiancée Berthe but on his relationship with his mother, Fidès.

The Deutsche Oper Berlin is delighted to have engaged Olivier Py, one of the most sought-after directors working today. Director of the Avignon Festival since 2013, Py is one of the few directors to have carved an international reputation as a successful director of both plays and operas. In 2011 his production of Meyerbeer’s LES HUGUENOTS at the Théâtre La Monnaie in Brussels was voted Production of the Year by Opernwelt magazine.

Gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages