The transgressive ‘Quartett’ by Àlex Ollé returns to Milano

Published 22/08/2019

After it’s successful premiere in 2011 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and having been set at the Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires in 2015, and also the Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2017, Italy will host again Quarttet shows. It will return to the Teatro alla Scala, to present one of the most significant creations of recent times.

The opera by the Italian composer Luca Francesconi, disciple of Berio and Stockhausen and the formidable innovator of the tools capable of transforming the art of sounds. The show has the great scenic direction by Álex Ollé and will be represented from October 5 to 22. Tickets can already be purchased at the Teatro alla Scala website.

In Quartett, the fascinating history of Dangerous Liaisons is presented in the form of opera in a production of La Scala in Milan conceived by La Fura dels Baus. Respecting the names of the main characters of the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Heiner Müller writes a version of this piece to talk about control, manipulation, power and the distance between the decadent aristocracy of the world around them.

Quartett is a very personal review of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos. Heiner Müller explains in the prologue of Quartett that rather than relying on the novel, the idea came after reading the preface of Heinrich Mann published with the German translation. Luca Francesconi piece is built basically on monologues of a prose between poetry and brutal, full of subtext. Among the words appear irony, sarcasm, seduction and a good dose of black humor.