The Kindly Ones
On 24 April, Peter Rundel will conduct the world premiere of Hèctor Parra's new opera Les Bienveillantes. With the work staged by Calixto Bieito, which can be seen in Antwerp until 2 May and then in Ghent until 18 May, he will make his debut at the Opera Vlaanderen. Händl Klaus wrote the libretto, which is based on Jonathan Littell's non-fiction novel, published in 2006.
The book, which became a bestseller in France and Germany, had triggered a fierce literary controversy over the legitimacy of the narrative from the perspective of the perpetrator: SS man Max Aue is partly to blame for the horrors of war and the Holocaust, and recounts his experience without remorse.
For Peter Rundel, Hector Parra, Händl Klaus and Carlos Bieito, Les Bienveillantes is not the first joint opera production: the composer's previous musical theater work, Wilde, had already been realized by this team and premiered in Schwetzingen in 2015.
Read more about the production in our interview with Peter Rundel in the magazine.
24.4. through 2.5.2019 Antwerpen
12. through 18.5.2019, Gent