Prize for Opera 2018
Fin de partie © Andrea Felvégi i
Teatro alla Scala in coproduction with De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam – FIN DE PARTIE – world premiere, first execution ever. Music by György Kurtág.
Dramaturgic version György Kurtág taken from Samuel Beckett's drama. Staging Pierre Audi, sets and costumes Christof Hetzer, lights Urs Schönebaum. György Kurtág, whose compositions left an unforgettable mark on the development of twentieth-century music, had never written an opera before, at least not until he had turned ninety. Applying his bare, concentrated, intensely expressive style to Samuel Beckett’s 1957 classic, the scope of this composition goes beyond the world of music, extending to the territories of theatre and literature as well. The world premiere will be conducted by Markus Stenz and directed by Pierre Audi, who makes his début at La Scala with this production. Engaging in an extraordinary work that lingers on the minimal nuances of text and music, the cast in Milan includes Frode Olsen, Leigh Melrose, Hilary Summers and Leonardo Cortellazzi.
The composition has been created by György Kurtág. The creative team is composed by Pierre Audi for the stage direction, Christof Hetzer for the set and the costumes and Urs Schönebaum for the lights. These artists' expertise spans between three generations, coming from different cultural backgrounds and geographically diverse, each member influenced by heterogeneous social and cultural contests, will allow this new production to gather different cultural inputs. Moreover, each creative member and Maestro Kurtag represent a unique combination of different levels of professional expertise. They have achieved important steps in their own careers both internationally wise and critically wise.
Christof Daniel Hetzer
Set & Costume designer
Urs Thimo Schoenebaum
Dutch National Opera & Ballet