Opera

Les Huguenots

Giacomo Meyerbeer

Grand opéra in five acts Text by Eugène Scribe and Émile Deschamps Performed in French with German and English supertitles

On the night of St. Bartholomew’s Day in 1572, French Catholics murdered thousands of their fellow citizens, the Huguenots, adherents of the new Protestant faith. In »Les Huguenots«, Giacomo Meyerbeer employs all the means of grand opera to show how religious conflict can lead to massacre. In this key work in the history of opera – and one which has only regained popularity in recent years – Meyerbeer’s music develops a hypnotic power, which is impossible to escape.

Summary

On the night of St. Bartholomew’s Day in 1572, French Catholics murdered thousands of their fellow citizens, the Huguenots, adherents of the new Protestant faith. In »Les Huguenots«, Giacomo Meyerbeer employs all the means of grand opera to show how religious conflict can lead to massacre. In this key work in the history of opera – and one which has only regained popularity in recent years – Meyerbeer’s music develops a hypnotic power, which is impossible to escape.

Complete Cast

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

Making-of trailer »Les Huguenots«

Part 1 – Staging by Peter Konwitschny
Part 2 – Scenic artist Romy Krüger
Part 3 – Conductor Stefan Soltész
Part 4 – Sopranos Venera Gimadieva (Marguerite) and Jennifer Rowley (Valentine)

Recommendations

Selected Performance

  • Sunday 15 Mar 2020
  • Starting Time 6 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions
  • End 10 pm
  • Running Time 4 hours

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

Cast

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

Selected Performance

  • Wednesday 18 Mar 2020
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions
  • End 11 pm
  • Running Time 4 hours

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

Cast

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

Selected Performance

  • Saturday 21 Mar 2020
  • Starting Time 6 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions
  • End 10 pm
  • Running Time 4 hours

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

Cast

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation