Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars on Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” (15 min.)
Le Grand Macabre, György Ligeti’s only opera received its premiere in 1978 and was later streamlined and revised by the composer for a production by Peter Sellars at the Salzburg Festival in 1996. In February 2017, the Berliner Philharmoniker together with chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and a magnificent ensemble of singers performed this version for their first encounter with the opera, a production that was acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. The direction was once again in the hands of Peter Sellars, the orchestra’s Artist in Residence in the 2015/2016 season. Sellars and Sir Simon talk here about the not always straightforward personal dealings with Ligeti, about the grotesque moments of the fictitious “Breughelland”, and the enchantingly beautiful passages of the opera.