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Quartett

Luca Francesconi’s epic opera, acclaimed around the world, is brought to London for the first time in a new production by John Fulljames.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Quartett. It was last on stage 18–28 June 2014 as part of the Summer 2013/14 season.

Introduction

Two characters from Les Liaisons dangereuses are trapped in a bitter game of seduction and deception, from which the only escape is death.

Background

Based on Heiner Müller’s iconic play, Luca Francesconi’s Quartett brings together all the ingredients of great opera – love, hatred and death. It's impossible not to be moved by this darkly comic and deeply disturbing work from one of the world’s leading opera composers. John Fulljames creates a new production for the Linbury Studio Theatre with designer Soutra Gilmour (a regular designer for the National Theatre, Old Vic and Donmar Warehouse, among others).

Francesconi’s score calls for The Royal Opera’s biggest ever sound design, and demands two distinct orchestras – one of which is pre-recorded and electronically treated, the sound sent flying over the heads of the audiences. The result is a fully immersive experience in which the audience are chillingly implicated as voyeurs of this desperate drama.

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