18 March 2014 at 6.15pm | Comment on this article
Quartett, a bitter tale that explores power, deception, love and torment in a post-apocalyptic world, has its UK premiere in the Linbury Studio Theatre on 18 June.
Luca Francesconi’s opera, which had its world premiere at Milan’s La Scala in 2011, is based on Heiner Müller's vision of Laclos's Les Liaisons dangereuses. His interpretation depicts two characters – former or potential lovers, and sworn enemies – trapped in a post-apocalyptic world. The UK premiere is directed by John Fulljames.
‘The last two human beings alive are trapped in a concrete bunker after World War III and in the middle of the French Revolution – the piece happens in both times at once,’ explains John. ‘We, the audience, are trapped in that bunker with them, voyeurs in their intimate games. This really is immersive opera.’
Quartett features two fiendishly difficult vocal roles, supported by a chamber orchestra and an ambitious electronic sound design.
‘The two roles are very difficult because they are polyphonic roles,’ says Luca. ‘There are only two characters but each character is at least five different people, which we all are. It calls for many different ways of singing.’
Quartett runs from 18-28 June 2014. Tickets are on sale to Friends of Covent Garden from 19 March 2014 and available for general booking from 8 April 2014.