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‘Lulu’ opera premieres at Liceu Teatre

The opera directed by Michael Boder and Olivier Py opens today at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. It was composed by Alban Berg, although his death prevented him from finishing it; Pierre Boulez did so. Py described the opera as a “joyous apocalypse”.

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03 November 2010 10:53 PM

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ACN / E. Rosanas

Barcelona (ACN).- The three-act opera \u2018Lulu\u2019 by composer Alban Berg hit the stage of Barcelona\u2019s Gran Teatre del Liceu on Wednesday. The libretto was adapted by Berg from two of Frank Wedekind\u2019s plays, Earth Spirit and Pandora\u2019s Box. Berg died before finishing the opera. His widowed wife asked Schönberg to complete it, but he refused. The work was finally finished by Pierre Boulez and the final version was presented in 1979 by Friedrich Cerha. Lulu opens at the Liceu Teatre today under the direction of Michael Boder and scenic direction of Olivier Py. The opera will run 5 times during the month of November. The protagonist is played by the soprano Patricia Petibon, who will be making her debut in Barcelona.


The opera\u2019s assembly will be presented as an expressionist fresco, described by Olivier Py as a \u201Cjoyous apocalypse\u201D. The protagonist of the opera, played by Patricia Petibon, confronts the borders of Freudian sexual conflicts with her character Pandora, originally portrayed in Frank Wedekind\u2019s work. \u2018Lulu\u2019 is an adaptation of Wedekind\u2019s two plays, Earth Spirit and Pandora\u2019s Box.

According to the opera\u2019s artistic director, \u2018Lulu\u2019 is an expressionist piece. Because of this, the use of colour and light is key in evoking themes such as violence. But there is always an element of beauty shining through. Movement also plays an important role in Lulu; the stage is comprised of three different planes that are changed throughout the show.

While sex is one of the most important themes in Lulu, the stage is adorned with the phrase \u201CI hate sex\u201D written in neon.  The differences between sex and death are diluted, converting Eros and Thanatos into an intentional and self-destructive reflection. Because for the director, \u201Cdeath is sex\u201D.

In addition to Patricia Petibon, the cast includes Julia Juon, Silvia de la Muela, Robert Wörle and Manel Esteve.

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  • Patricia Petibon is making her debut in Barcelona (by J. Pueyo)

  • ‘Lulu’ opera premieres at Liceu Teatre (by Gregory Bartadon)

  • ‘Lulu’ opera premieres at Liceu Teatre (by J. Pueyo)

  • ‘Lulu’ opera premieres at Liceu Teatre (by Gregory Bartadon)

  • Patricia Petibon is making her debut in Barcelona (by J. Pueyo)
  • ‘Lulu’ opera premieres at Liceu Teatre (by Gregory Bartadon)
  • ‘Lulu’ opera premieres at Liceu Teatre (by J. Pueyo)
  • ‘Lulu’ opera premieres at Liceu Teatre (by Gregory Bartadon)