György Ligeti

Le grand macabre


May 26., Friday 19:00

Erkel Theatre

Concert performance, in German, with Hungarian surtitles

György Ligeti (1923-2006) was one of the most emblematic figures of 20th century music. This opera consisting of four scenes in two acts was based on Belgian dramatist Michel de Ghelderode's play of the same name. The world premiere was held in Stockholm in 1978, and the work was performed in Budapest for the first time 20 years later, in the Thália Theatre. “It was as if the play was tailor-made for my musical and dramatic conception,” said Ligeti of de Ghelderode's work, which featured “the apocalypse that does not really take place, Death as a hero, or who is perhaps just a small imposter, the corrupted and yet happily prosperous, drunken, whorish, imaginary world of 'Breughelland'.” The procession of jumbled and grotesque scenes evokes the atmosphere of medieval mystery plays.


Erkel Theatre
May 26, 2017
Start time
7 p.m.
End time
9:30 p.m.
Danubia Orchestra Óbuda
Hungarian surtitles
Balázs Kovalik


Premiere: May 26, 2017

Erkel Theatre