“A mix of futurism à la ‘Metropolis,‘ fantasy à la ‘Batman‘ and quotes from Piranesi‘s ‘Carceri,‘juxtaposed in the form of photo montages, enhanced with … robots, a helicopter, a shark and the winged vehicle of a pop star Pope,“ effuses critic Marianne Zelger-Vogt (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). The object of her rapture is not a Broadway musical but a French opera written in the 1830s, Hector Berlioz‘s “Benvenuto Cellini. The absence of the work in the operatic repertoire is certainly due in part to its musical excesses: the work is so complex, richly detailed and prolifically imaginative that Berlioz‘s contemporaries considered it unplayable and unsingable.
CastBurkhard Fritz | Maja Kovalevska Laurent Naouri | Brindley Sherratt Mikhail Petrenko
Number of actsOpera in 2 acts
Total running time2 hours 42 min
Running time by actAct 1: 1h 27min | Act 2: 1h 15min
SubtitlesEnglishShare on Facebook