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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

Recommended from 16 years on

In French language with German and English surtitels

5 hrs / 2 intervals

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


Stage Director

David Alden

Set Design

Giles Cadle

Costume Design

Constance Hoffman

Light Design

Adam Silverman


Marcel Leemann

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines

Marguerite de Valois

Liv Redpath

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Seth Carico
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Dimitris Tiliakos


Olesya Golovneva

Tavannes / 1st. monk

Paul Kaufmann

Méru / 2nd monk

Padraic Rowan

Thoré / Maurevert

Alexei Botnarciuc

de Retz

Stephen Bronk

Raoul de Nangis

Anton Rositskiy


Andrew Harris
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Timothy Newton


Karis Tucker

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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Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.



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