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Thu, 08. Oct 2020, 19:30

Opera in twelve scenes and one epilogue by Luca Francesconi

A man and a woman. Maybe the last humans. Their love has grown cold. In order to feel alive and to distract themselves from their own emptiness, they gamble. They use themselves as stakes. As a surface onto which they project their fantasies of lust, power and violence, oppression, humiliation and injury, they cross their own boundaries.

Set in time before the French Revolution and after the Third World War, »Quartet« – an operatic work by Luca Francesconi based on Heiner Müller’s eponymous play, based on the famous epistolary novel »Dangerous Liaisons« by Choderlos de Laclos – was premiered in English in 2011. The Italian composer Luca Francesconi, whose works are influenced by Azio Corghi, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luciano Berio, combines dream-like sound sequences and spatial acoustics, which are produced by live electronics with a rich chamber-music structure. To open the season, the German version of »Quartett« will premiere in Berlin, and is directed by Barbara Wysocka, who will make her debut at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden alongside Daniel Barenboim.