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From March 13 until April 05, 2017, the Palais Garnier opera house presents the world premiere of “Trompe-la-mort”, a new contemporary opera created by the prolific Italian composer who was a student of Stockhausen and Berio, Luca Francesconi.
Adapted from The Splendors and Miseries of Courtesans from The Human Comedy series of novels by the famous French author Honoré de Balzac, “Trompe-la-mort” has both music and libretto written by Francesconi.
The performance is led by the excellent Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki and staged by the well-experienced director Guy Cassiers. It also brings in the orchestra and choir of the Opéra National de Paris and assembles some of the most competent performers including Laurent Naouri, Julie Fuchs, Cyrille Dubois, Jean-Philippe Lafont, Ildiko Komlosi, Philippe Talbot, Chiara Skerath, Béatrice Uria Monzon, Christian Helmer, Rodolphe Briand, François Piolino, and Laurent Alvaro.
The opera is made up of two acts and lasts approximately for 2 hours. It doesn’t include any intervals.