La Monnaie ¦ Other ¦ Lulu ¦ Intro
Pierre Boulez - Patrice Chéreau
In 1979. at the Garnier Opera House, a legendary production of Alban Berg’s Lulu was born. It was filmed by French television but never put out on video or DVD so has become an invisible myth for all those who love music and the theatre. The Monnaie now offers you a unique opportunity to attend a showing of this rare archive footage. Pierre Boulez’ conducting, Patrice Chéreau’s directing, Teresa Stratas’ exceptional performance, fully justified the superlatives which were used to describe this production. What makes this production a particularly key moment in the musical history of the second half of the 20th century is that it allowed the creation of the three act version of the unfinished work by Berg, thanks to the orchestration suggested by the Austrian composer Friedrich Cerha.
Prior to the showing of the film, Christian Longchamp (Artistic deputy and Director Dramaturgie & Cultural development at La Monnaie) will have an hour long talk with Patrice Chéreau, who has kindly agreed to come and talk about his work as an opera director and Berg’s work, with particular reference to Lulu.