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

Over the course of a single night, the whole of Paris was transformed into a mortuary: On St. Bartholomew’s Day in 1572, French Catholics murdered thousands of the Huguenots, their fellow citizens who adhered to the new Reformation faith. 260 years later, Giacomo Meyerbeer brought these events to the operatic stage in »The Huguenots«. Describing the love affair of the Huguenot Raoul and the Catholic Valentine, the composer demonstrates how a religious conflict can escalate and lead to a massacre in which even family ties no longer count. This key work of 19th-century opera, which premiered in 1836, all but disappeared from the repertoire after the first world war. In his production of »The Huguenots«, director Peter Konwitschny shows how religious strife gradually destroys a society and turns neighbours into enemies.

Summary

Over the course of a single night, the whole of Paris was transformed into a mortuary: On St. Bartholomew’s Day in 1572, French Catholics murdered thousands of the Huguenots, their fellow citizens who adhered to the new Reformation faith. 260 years later, Giacomo Meyerbeer brought these events to the operatic stage in »The Huguenots«. Describing the love affair of the Huguenot Raoul and the Catholic Valentine, the composer demonstrates how a religious conflict can escalate and lead to a massacre in which even family ties no longer count. This key work of 19th-century opera, which premiered in 1836, all but disappeared from the repertoire after the first world war. In his production of »The Huguenots«, director Peter Konwitschny shows how religious strife gradually destroys a society and turns neighbours into enemies.

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