Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | Chorus of the Luzerner Theater | Clemens Heil | Herbert Fritsch



Luzerner Theater

Vergangenes Konzert

Tickets can be purchased exclusively from the Luzerner Theater

Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017





    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | Chorus of the Luzerner Theater | Clemens Heil | Herbert Fritsch

    Chorus of the Luzerner Theater  (Mark Daver chorus master)
    Clemens Heil  conductor
    Herbert Fritsch  staging and set design
    Bettina Helmi  costumes
    soloists of the Luzerner Theater  
    György Ligeti (1923–2006)
    Le Grand Macabre. Opera in 4 scenes
    revised version from 1996

    A coproduction of the Luzerner Theater with LUCERNE FESTIVAL


    Comets circle, ministers bully their stuttering princes, alcohol flows down everyone’s throat. In György Ligeti’s ultra-black dance of death, Nekrotzar – the Grand Macabre – rises from his grave. His plan is to let the world go under, or, rather, the Principality of Breughelland, which is heaven and hell in one, familiar and at the same time gruesome, tender, beautiful, and yet so vulgar. Ligeti pulls out all the musical stops, using abrupt, abstruse, and satirical effects, allusions to the history of music, quotations, and expressive atonality. This fabulous Carnival play will be staged by Herbert Fritsch, who is said to be one of the most successful directors of his generation in the German-speaking world – his work has been seen from Moscow to Japan. Ligeti’s grotesque parable is ideal material for him: Fritsch will present Le Grand Macabre as a visually lush Gothic operetta full of hidden meaning, subversion, and mischief. 

    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

    The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1806, is one of the oldest orchestras in Switzerland. Along with its various concert series, which it performs in the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL), the orchestra plays in all of the opera productions at the Luzerner Theater. Their season is devoted not only to the classical-romantic repertoire; rarities and contemporary works are also regularly performed. Recent years, for example, have included commissions for pieces by Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Marc-André Dalbavie, Pascal Dusapin, David Philipp Hefti, and Fazıl Say. Since September 2011 the American James Gaffigan has served as Music Director; guest conductors in the recent past have included Peter Eötvös, Michael Gielen, Neeme and Kristjan Järvi, Sir Neville Marriner, Andris Nelsons, Leonard Slatkin, and Tugan Sokhiev. Jonathan Nott, who helmed the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2002, regularly returns to conduct. Its subscription cycles have presented such celebrated soloists as Martha Arge-rich, Isabelle Faust, Vilde Frang, Hilary Hahn, Gidon Kremer, Lang Lang, Radu Lupu, Viktoria Mullova, Maria João Pires, and Krystian Zimerman. The orchestra’s achievements have been documented by recordings of works by Schreker, Bernstein, Weill, Krenek, Rihm, Say, and Gubaidulina; their recording of Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony under James Gaffigan was chosen by the critics of the New York Times as one of the Top Music Recordings of 2014. The musicians regularly go on tour: to Japan in 2008, China in 2011, Israel in 2013, and South America in 2014. In the past season the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra performed in Zagreb and Istanbul and additionally completed a tour in June and July 2016 to four Asian countries, giving a total of eight concerts in South Korea, China, Singapore, and India.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1993, with Vladimir Kiradjiev conducting works by Schnittke.

    August 2016

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    Clemens Heil

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    Herbert Fritsch

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    The “Ligeti Package”

    Along with this event, if you purchase tickets to the Ligeti Late Night on 26 August you will receive a combined discount of 20%.
    This offer is available only by telephoning either +41 (0)41 228 14 14 (Luzerner Theater) or +41 (0)41 226 44 80 (LUCERNE FESTIVAL)