Subscribe to
Opera Today

Receive articles and news via RSS feeds or email subscription.







Recently in News

And London Burned: in conversation with Raphaela Papadakis

Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.

Latest news


Welsh National Opera explores Madness for autumn season


New Releases from Opera Rara


A Time-Out With Isabel Leonard: In 'L'Heure Espagnole' at San Francisco Symphony


On Site Opera Presents 'Barber of Seville' at Fabbri Mansion on New York’s Upper East Side


Il Trittico: Puccini's most underrated opera


Bizet's Carmen | English National Opera


Metropolitan Opera Stars Join Opera Las Vegas in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly


Lowering the tone


Celebrating Bidú Sayão's Birthday (11 May 1902)


The Rake’s Progress, Metropolitan Opera, New York


Three Tales, Imax Cinema, Science Museum, London


Die beste hochdramatische Sopranistin der Gegenwart


“Tarquin” an der Berliner Staatsoper: Vom Werden eines Diktators


Moses und Aron, Komische Oper Berlin


Death Clown for Cutie (Cav and Pag at the Met)


A broken heart in a bloodstained nightgown


Voices in space: Meredith Monk & friends construct musical cathedrals at 50-year anniversary concert


Beyond Falstaff in ‘Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor’: Otto Nicolai’s Revolutionary ‘Wives’




08 Apr 2009

An Opera Where Debauchery Reigns at World’s End

By George Loomis [NY Times, 8 April 2009]

BRUSSELS — Gyorgy Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” is a modern opera with a theatrical zest as fresh as its music, which is one reason for the staying power it has shown since its 1978 premiere in Stockholm. This is no ordinary representational opera, with new music grafted on to a conventional novel or play, but an episodic, quirky, strikingly black comedy that appears to be headed toward the destruction of the world. Just what is at stake? Well, not so much, really — an ill-assorted cluster of characters whose preoccupations largely involve indulgences of the body, in particular, sex and drink.

Send to a friend

Send a link to this article to a friend with an optional message.

Friend's Email Address: (required)

Your Email Address: (required)

Message (optional):