De la maison des morts

Leoš Janáček

Opéra Bastille - from 18 November to 02 December 2017

De la maison des morts

Opera in three acts

Music
Leoš Janáček
Libretto
Leoš Janáček

After Feodor Mikhaïlovitch Dostoïevski , Souvenirs de la maison des morts

In Czech

Conductor
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Director
Patrice Chéreau
Alexandre Petrovitch Gorjantchikov
Willard White
Alieïa
Eric Stoklossa
Filka Morozov
Štefan Margita
Le grand prisonnier
Peter Straka
Le petit prisonnier
VladimÍr Chmelo
Le commandant
JiřÍ Sulženko
Le vieux prisonnier
Heinz Zednik
Skuratov
Ladislav Elgr
Tchekounov
Ján Galla
Le prisonnier ivre
Tomáš Krejčiřík
Le cuisinier, le forgeron
Martin Bárta
Le pope
Vadim Artamonov
Le jeune prisonnier
Olivier Dumait
Une prostituée
Susannah Haberfeld
Le prisonnier jouant Dom Juan et le Brahmane
Ales Jeniš
Kedril
Marian Pavlovič
Chapkin
Peter Hoare
Chiskov
Peter Mattei
Tcherevine
Andreas Conrad
Gardiens
Chae Hoon Baek
Laurent Laberdesque
Artistic collaboration
Thierry Thieû Niang
Set design
Richard Peduzzi
Costume design
Caroline de Vivaise
Lighting design
Bertrand Couderc
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
French and English surtitles

Production des Wiener Festwochen, Vienne, coproduction avec le Holland festival, Amsterdam, le festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, et le teatro alla Scala, Milan

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He fashioned a bird out of clay, blew on it and it flew away, it flew away! -

Alieia, Acte III

Condensing the life stories – memories of prison in Silesia – related by Dostoyevsky in his work The House of the Dead, Leoš Janáček composed an opera filled with burning desire and longing. Contagious savagery, cruelty and brutality are exacerbated by the confines of the prison. However, within its concrete walls emerge both tenderness and cruelty at the sight of an injured bird; a multitude of stories and highly personal monologues. Stripped of all artifice, Janáček’s music, in the words of Kundera, brings us above all “radically closer to reality”. With this production, first performed at the Wiener Festwochen in 2007, the Paris Opera pays tribute to Patrice Chéreau.

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