The action takes place in 1940; Benjamin has just arrived in Portbou, a Catalonian village close to the French border. He has finally followed his friends’ advice and fled the country. In his miserable hotel room, he relives his life in a range of flashbacks about his pathway, meetings and regrets… Despair overruns him as he discovers that a law could send him back to France. He kills himself. The law will never be applied.
Once again, the Opera of Lyon partners with two French-speeking intellectuals: the philosoph Regis Debray, and the chef and componer Michel Tabachnik. They here work together to evoke the personality of a fascinating, but contested man.
Opéra de Lyon - Lyon
Libretto : R. Debray
Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra de Lyon, conductor B. Kontarsky
With French, English, and German subtitles.
As part of the Biennale Musiques en scène 2016
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Métro A et C : station Hôtel de ville – Louis Pradel
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