Ligeti’s madcap, end-of-the-world opera Le Grand Macabre is
one of the 20th century's most compelling works of musical theater. Its
grotesque, fantastical flavor is distilled in a short spinoff, Mysteries
of the Macabre, which combines the coloratura soprano's three
arias in a bracing display of daredevil vocal feats.
Mysteries of the Macabre piece will be performed in Zankel
Hall on December
19 by Ensemble ACJW and Barbara Hannigan, soprano, conducted by Sir
An excerpt from Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre
performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor;
Barbara Hannigan, Soprano.