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Sun, Jun. 02, 2024, 5.00 pm - 9.30 pm | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall Premiere

Olivier Messiaen

Saint François d'Assise

A project by Kent Nagano and Georges Delnon

Why love ugliness? Why praise naturalness? Why entreat heaven to be allowed to experience pain? – Between dream worlds and faith, half of this world and half of the otherworld, music speaks; far from reality, it resounds with truth: “You are love. You are wisdom. You are humility. You are patience. You are beauty... You are all our riches and you suffice...“ – The music follows the colours, miracles, birds, seeking to find the grace growing in the human soul and share it. – A monumental work. The sum of a life’s work, leading Messiaen, the synaesthete who called himself a composer, ornithologist and rhythmist, back to the roots with St. Francis’ famous sermon to the birds: “Listen to the birds, they are great masters,” had been his composition teacher’s advice.

Musical Dircetion: Kent Nagano
Scenic set up: Georges Delnon
Scenography: Thomas Jürgens
Costumes: Julia Mottl
Video: Marcus Richardt
Camera: David Rankenhohn
Lighting: Stefan Bolliger
Dramaturgy: Janina Zell, Ralf Waldschmidt
Choir: Martin Steidler

In French with German surtitles
Co-production of the Hamburg State Opera, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Supported by the Foundation for the Promotion of the Hamburg State Opera and Commerzbank Hamburg.

Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: 23,00 EUR to 129,00 EUR

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