Creation
Concert

Quartett

April 18,
7:30 p.m., April 27,
7:30 p.m., May 5,
6 p.m., May 11,
7:30 p.m., May 17,
7:30 p.m.
Théâtre de Dortmund

The interior, a post-apocalyptic space where two solitary monsters caught up in a delirium of masks, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, collide; the exterior, the thoughts and conspiracies of the protagonists; and outside, a space of metaphysical forces like attraction and magnetism, the only space capable of absorbing the psychological tension in Quartett.

IRCAM's technology was called upon to create this spatial staging for the work’s premiere at la Scala in Milan, directed by La Fura Dels Bauls: passage from a microscopic dimension to the occupation of almost the entire theater-world, vocal grafts that incarnate the feminine side of de Valmont and the masculinity of de Merteuil, the founding and sonorous ambiguities of a "quartet" for two.

LUCA FRANCESCONI QUARTETT

Allison Cook soprano (the marquise de Merteuil
)
Christian Bowers baryton (the vicomte de Valmont
)
Oper Dortmund 
Philipp Armbruster conductor

Ingo Kerkhof stage director
Anne Neuser stage
Inge Meldert costumes
Serge Lemouton IRCAM computer music design 

Julien Aléonard recording of the choir and the Milan Scala Orchestra
Benoit Meudic IRCAM computer music production
Luca Bagnoli, Sébastien Naves IRCAM Sound Engineer

  • Quartett - Création à la Scala de Milan en 2011 © Brescia et Amisano, Teatro alla Scala
    Quartett - Création à la Scala de Milan en 2011 © Brescia et Amisano, Teatro alla Scala
  • Quartett - Création à la Scala de Milan en 2011 © Brescia et Amisano, Teatro alla Scala
    Quartett - Création à la Scala de Milan en 2011 © Brescia et Amisano, Teatro alla Scala
  • Quartett - Création à la Scala de Milan en 2011 © Brescia et Amisano, Teatro alla Scala
    Quartett - Création à la Scala de Milan en 2011 © Brescia et Amisano, Teatro alla Scala