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Lear

Palais Garnier - from 21 November to 07 December 2019

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Lear

Opera Aribert Reimann

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Palais Garnier - from 21 November to 07 December 2019

2h50 with 1 interval

Surtitle : French / English

  • Opening night : 21 November 2019

About

In few words:

Numerous composers have sought to come to grips with this monument of Shakespearian tragedy. Keen to perform the title role of King Lear, the baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau turned to Aribert Reimann who initially declined the proposition. However, in 1975, when Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper approached him, he finally agreed to take up the challenge of this impossible opera. From the sombre orchestral timbres and the highly nuanced vocal lines emerge all the tortuous dissimulations and violence of human relationships. No illusions remain, however, in Calixto Bieito’s cathartic production in which each of the characters is stripped bare: collective hysteria gives way to an old man’s solitude. Destroyed, like a new-born babe, he weeps to find “that we are come to this great stage of fools.”

  • Opening
  • First part 80 mn
  • Intermission 30 mn
  • Second part 60 mn
  • End

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Audio clips

Podcast | Lear - Aribert Reimann

Media coverage

  • Sans doute le dernier grand vrai opéra durable qui ait été fait. Il faut aller le découvrir.

    Le Point, 24 mai 2016, André Tubeuf
  • Un tour de force vocal et instrumental

    Le Monde, 27 mai 2016, Marie-Aude Roux
  • L’œuvre contemporaine d'Aribert Reimann est renversante tant musicalement que scéniquement.

    Le Figaro, 26 mai 2016, Christian Merlin

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