Moses und Aron - Opéra national de Paris (2015) - Moses und Aron - Opéra national de Paris (2015)

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“I have at last learned the lesson forced on me last year, and I shall not forget it. I am neither a German nor a European, and perhaps barely human, but I am a Jew.” Despite having converted to Protestantism in his youth, Schonberg was the target of anti-Semitic attacks from 1921 onwards. Shaken by such virulence, he decided to return to his roots while developing a highly personalised interpretation of the Old Testament. What initially started out as a cantata soon took on the dimensions of an oratorio. The project became a philosophical opera that pitted not only two brothers, Moses and Aron, against each other, but also radicalism and compromise, muddled discourse and lyric effusion to the backdrop of a fickle community personified by a particularly massive chorus. “Oh word, word that I lack!” That last phrase, uttered by Moses, sums up the prophet’s tragic weakness but also expresses the composer’s inability to overcome his own contradictions. Officially converting back to Judaism in Paris shortly before seeking refuge in the United States, the inventor of dodecaphonism was plagued by an almost existential inability during the last two decades of his life: that of completing Moses und Aron. Philippe Jordan conducts this masterpiece along with the full musical forces of the Paris Opera and Romeo Castellucci makes his much awaited debut on the stage of the Opera Bastille. 

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October 17, 2015 19:30:00

October 20, 2015 19:30:00

October 23, 2015 19:30:00

October 26, 2015 20:30:00

October 31, 2015 19:30:00

November 03, 2015 19:30:00

November 06, 2015 19:30:00

November 09, 2015 19:30:00


Romeo Castellucci

Philippe Jordan

Thomas Johannes Mayer

John Graham Hall

Julie Davies

Catherine Wyn-Rogers

Nicky Spence

Michael Pflumm

Christopher Purves

Christopher Purves

Ralf Lukas

Chae Wook Lim

Work's characters list





Junges Mädchen

Kranke Frau

Junger Mann

Nackter Jüngling

Ein Anderer Mann



Ein Mann