Le Grand Macabre

György Ligeti
The State Opera
Modern adaptation
Contemporary Theatre
Contemporary social topic
English subtitles

Due to the government shutdown are the box offices of the National Theatre closed from 27th of December, 2020.

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    June 2021

    Thursday 17. 6.

    Ticket sales suspended

    Modern adaptation
    Contemporary Theatre
    Contemporary social topic

    Basic information


    The State Opera


    In English


    Premieres: 17 and 19 June 2021 at the State Opera

    György Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre will receive its Czech premiere. The one and only opera written by the Hungarian-Austrian composer, one of the major representatives of the 20th-century avant-garde, is a truly remarkable work, one that in many a respect surpasses that which is commonly expected from a piece of this genre.


    • 2020-2021


    Stage director, Sets and Costumes
    Nigel Lowery
    Lighting design
    Lothar Baumgarte
    Video design
    Thilo Heins
    Chorus master
    Adolf Melichar
    Ondřej Hučín


    The State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

    Loosely based on the Belgian avant-garde dramatist Michel de Ghelderode’s play La balade du grand macabre, Ligeti provocatively branded it “anti-anti-opera”. Le Grand Macabre presents an extremely bizarre apocalyptic vision of a world gone mad, teeming with characters of such telling names as Nekrotzar, Piet The Pot, Clitoria, Spermando …
    Ligeti’s spectacular operatic fresco, set in a fictitious city bearing an equally telling name, Breughelland, not only shocks by featuring harsh, spine-chilling and perverse images, it is also striking in terms of the score, with the musical idiom encompassing conventional instruments, but also giving scope to a large variety of unprecedented sounds, produced by car-horns, electric doorbells, a sledgehammer, an alarm clock, paper bags, a tray full of crockery, a saucepan, a pistol and other items.
    Le Grand Macabre had its world premiere in Stockholm in 1978. Later on, Ligeti made considerable revisions to the opera in preparation for a production at the Salzburger Festspiele in 1997.


    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at any of our box offices.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

    Parking at the State opera

    While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.