Photo credit: Cory Weaver

Photo credit: Cory Weaver


August 11, 16, 19

Luca Francesconi’s Quartett, directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer, is an enigmatic and controversial opera based on the play by Heiner Muller. 

Characters from Les Liasons dangereuses: The Marquise de Merteuil and the Viscount de Valmont are trapped in a salon having renounced all sense of love. They play seductive mind games taking on the roles of the lovers Tourvel and Volanges themselves, hence the title: Quartett.

Commissioned by La Scala and since performed at the Royal Opera and all over Europe. Francesconi describes the piece as a challenge to our ideas of opera, of society, of the dominance of Western thinking: “Don’t dare to come if you can't accept that you need to analyze what you do and who you are. This piece is violent, it’s sex, it’s blasphemy, it’s the absence of mercy.”

The score features two orchestras. A live chamber orchestra with electronics, and a recorded full orchestra and chorus created for the La Scala Premiere.


Hadleigh Adams
Vicomte de Valmont

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Heather Buck
Marquise de Merteuil


Scenic Designer: Chad Owens

Costume Designer: Christine Crook

Projection Designer: Jeremy Knight

Conductor/Music Director: John Kennedy

Stage Director: Elkhanah Pulitzer

Sound and Electronics: Jeremy Wagner