L’opera “I diavoli di Loudun” è ora in scena a Copenhagen. Ispirata al romanzo di Aldous Huxley del 1952, è un racconto in cui fanatismo, magia nera ed esorcismo sono al centro di una conturbante storia. Un’ opera in cui i cattolici fanno solo brutte figure.
Ricordiamo che Huxley è anche autore dell’antologia sincretistica “La Filosofia Perenne”, una sorta di Manuale per Giovani Massoni buono per tutte le stagioni.
Experience one of the most haunting operas of the 20th century.
Inspired by true events, The Devils of Loudun is one of the most remarkable masterworks of modern opera. It offers a timeless vision of how wrong things can go when mass hysteria and fanaticism rule.
The Royal Danish Theatre presents the world premiere of a brand new version of the haunting avant-garde opera The Devils of Loudun. This unique event is staged by Keith Warner, former Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera.
Many are probably familiar with Penderecki’s musical vernacular without even realising it; among his artistic feats are the scores for horror movies such as William Friedkin’s The Exorcist and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
The opera is based on John Robert Whiting’s dramatization of Aldous Huxley’s novel The Devils of Loudun. The narrative is inspired by real events in France in 1634 when Urbain Grandier, a priest, was burned at the stake on charges of using black magic to seduce nuns at his convent.
Penderecki composed The Devils of Loudun while living in Warsaw under the communist regime and the opera reflects a protest against the oppression he witnessed during that period. Penderecki’s emphasis on the repetition of history demonstrates just how wrong things can go when fanaticism, whether religiously or politically conditioned, is given power to torment and repress.
The Devils of Loudun is performed in English with Danish supertitles.
Co-production with Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa, Warsaw.
The Danish Research Foundation is the principal sponsor of the Royal Danish Opera.