In taking up Les Huguenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer, an opera set during the sombre hours of the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, Andreas Kriegenburg brings a contemporary resonance to the work. Here he explains his vision of the work.
Les Huguenots is one of the emblematic works of Grand Opera in the French style. As such, it takes up an historical subject. Now your aim is to give this work a contemporary and universal resonance. How have you gone about it?
Against a backdrop of historical events, Meyerbeer’s opera also presents a love story, that of Raoul and Valentine. How have you woven their story into the broader context of History?
In opting for an austere scenography, you seem to have pushed historical colour aside. Could you elaborate on this choice?
Your reading: Eternal Return