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Les Huguenots

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864)

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A grand opéra in five acts
Libretto by Eugène Scribe and Émile Deschamps
World premiere: 29th February 1836 at the Opéra de Paris
Premiere (revised version, based on the history of the opera’s development) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin: 13th November 2016

In French language with German and English surtitels

5 hrs / 2 intervals

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

Cast

Conductor

Michele Mariotti
Ido Arad (29.01.2017 | 04.02.2017)

Stage Director

David Alden

Set Design

Giles Cadle

Costume Design

Constance Hoffman

Light Design

Adam Silverman

Chorus Master

Raymond Hughes

Choreographer

Marcel Leemann

Dramaturge

Jörg Königsdorf

Dramaturge

Curt A. Roesler

Marguerite de Valois

Patrizia Ciofi
Siobhan Stagg (29.01.2017 | 04.02.2017)

Le Comte de Saint-Bris

Derek Welton
Seth Carico (29.11.2016)

Le Comte de Nevers

Marc Barrard
Thomas Lehman (29.01.2017 | 04.02.2017)

Valentine

Olesya Golovneva

Tavannes / 1st. monk

Paul Kaufmann
James Kryshak (20.11.2016 | 23.11.2016 | 26.11.2016 | 29.01.2017 | 04.02.2017)

Cossé

Andrew Dickinson
Jörg Schörner (23.11.2016 | 26.11.2016 | 29.01.2017 | 04.02.2017)

Méru / 2nd. monk

John Carpenter

Thoré / Maurevert

Alexei Botnarciuc

de Retz

Stephen Bronk

de Retz / 3rd. monk

Stephen Bronk (23.11.2016 | 29.01.2017 | 04.02.2017)
Taiyu Uchiyama (26.11.2016)
Dong-Hwan Lee (29.11.2016)

Raoul de Nangis

Juan Diego Flórez
Yosep Kang (29.01.2017 | 04.02.2017)

Bois-Rosé

Robert Watson

Un archer du guet

Ben Wager
Dong-Hwan Lee (26.11.2016 | 29.11.2016 | 29.01.2017 | 04.02.2017)

Coryphée

Adriana Ferfezka
Meechot Marrero (29.11.2016 | 29.01.2017 | 04.02.2017)

Maid-of-Honor

Abigail Levis

About the performance

In his LES HUGUENOTS [1836] Giacomo Meyerbeer transposed one of the bloodiest massacres in European history to the opera stage. The attempt by French Catholics to murder all the country’s Protestants on St Bartholomew’s Day in 1572 remains one of most ghastly examples of religious atrocities. That LES HUGUENOTS went on to become one of Meyerbeer’s most famous operas has as much to do with his relentless approach to the exposition as with the dramatic subject matter. The opera depicts the unfolding of a catastrophe, from the fragile interdenominational peace and the vain attempts at mediation to the organisation of the crime in the famous “benediction of the swords” culminating in the indiscriminate slaughter of the Huguenots.

In its linking of the fate of the two lovers Raoul and Valentine with the major historical event that was the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre, LES HUGUENOTS became the archetypal work of the new grand opéra sub-genre and one of the most influential operas in history.

LES HUGUENOTS is the central work in the Deutsche Oper’s Meyerbeer cycle, which presents new theatrical productions of the key works of Berlin’s greatest ever composer. The American David Alden, who recently directed Britten’s operas PETER GRIMES and BILLY BUDD and is one of the highest-profile directors working today, was signed to stage the work.

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