The latest creation of one of the most international Catalan composers, Hèctor Parra

Orgia is a co-commission and a new co-production between Teatro Arriaga of Bilbao, the Festival Castell de Peralada and the Gran Texºatre del Liceu that integrates many fascinating ingredients: on the one hand, the presentation of the latest lyrical score by Hèctor Parra, one of the Catalan composers with the greatest international renown. At his side, Calixto Bieito puts all his genius into dissecting the main characters in this tragic, self-destructive story in which we witness the sexual battle of a married couple.  

The drama of Pier Paolo Pasolini (whose 100th anniversary since his birth we celebrated in 2022), will be a fabulous opportunity to descend into the unique depths of the human soul. After two previous operatic collaborations between Calixto Bieito and Héctor Parra: Wilde (2015) and Les bienveillantes (2019), they worked on the original text of Orgia.  

To denounce personal drama, the male lead of Orgia hangs himself after dressing as a woman. In fact, in the last moments of his life, he becomes aware of his homosexuality, and his suicide thus becomes an accusatory act. It is an opportunity to condemn a society that is intolerant, hypocritical, cruel and contemptuous of all those who live outside the established norms.  

Through his verses, Pasolini penetrates reality, illuminating how fascism annihilates all traces of humanity in modern society through consumer culture. In Orgia, love and sex are at the service of sadistic destruction. Inside her bedroom, a closed space in which anguish and remorse cast monstrous shadows on the uncertain transition between the world of reason and the world of dreams, the young mother co-protagonist wants to break up with her husband, but just before committing suicide she commits the terrible act of Medea, killing her two children. A tragedy with actor/singers who are tailor-made for this new creative endeavour of the tandem Parra - Bieito. 

Project created in Villa Médicis / Académie de France à Rome

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Presented at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in collaboration with:

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OPERA FOR THREE VOICES AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Libretto by Calixo Bieito based on the homonymous work by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Première: Teatro Arriaga Antzokia on June 22, 2023.
Liceu premiere 

  • Approximate running time 1h 30m

Artistic profile

Stage director and librettist
Calixto Bieito
Musical director assistant
Josep Planells
Production
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao and Festival Castell de Peralada.

Cast

SOPRANO
BARITONE
SOPRANO
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor
Pierre Bleuse

Cast change 

Baritone Christian Miedl joins the production replacing Jonathan McGovern, who has left the production due to personal reasons.

April 2024

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Lectures

10/04/2024 Wednesday | 7pm
CHORUS REHEARSAL ROOM

Lecture by Gonzalo Lahoz, music popularizer and co-director of Platea Magazine, on the opera Orgia, Hector Parra's new opera. Event organized by the Amics del Liceu Association.

To register for this activity, you must get in touch with the Association: 93 317 73 78 – natalia@amicsliceu.com

Check HERE for other lectures on different titles.