Two characters from Les Liaisons dangereuses are trapped in a bitter game of seduction and deception, from which the only escape is death.
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.
News and features
30 June 2014
Leigh Melrose and Kristin Chávez's fiendishly complex vocal performance is accompanied by the London Sinfonietta.
24 June 2014
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19 June 2014
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Antonio Pappano on Quartett: ‘Written on Skin is a good reference for the beauty and harrowing intensity of Luca’s music’17 June 2014
Royal Opera House Music Director on why Luca Francesconi’s opera is not to be missed.
12 June 2014
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