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Michel Tabachnik's Benjamin, dernière nuit

John Fulljames (stage director), Bernhard Kontarsky (conductor) – With Jean-Noël Briend, Sava Lolov, Michaela Kustekova...

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Cast

Régis Debray — Libretto
Michael Levine — Stage sets
Christina Cunningham — Costumes
James Farncombe — Lighting
Maxine Braham — Choreographer
Will Duke — Video
Jean-Noël Briend — Walter Benjamin, singer
Sava Lolov — Walter Benjamin, actor
Michaela Kustekova — Asja Lacis
Michaela Selinger — Hannah Arendt
Charles Rice — Arthur Koestler
Scott Wilde — Gershom Sholem
Jeff Martin — Bertolt Brecht
Gilles Ragon — André Gide
Károly Szemerédy — Max Horkheimer
Elsa Rigmor Thiemann — Mme Henny Gurland

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German-Jewish essayist, philosopher, and critic Walter Benjamin was one of the early 20th century's most influential thinkers, a light in the darkness of looming war and political oppression. In Benjamin, dernière nuit, composer Michel Tabachnik and librettist Régis Debray examine this life cruelly cut short by despair in the face of Nazism. Experience the opera here in its highly acclaimed 2016 premiere production at the Lyon Opera.

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Directed by:
Vincent Massip
Venue: Lyon Opera House (Lyons, France)
Production date: 2016
Duration: 1 h 29 min
Production: © Opéra national de Lyon, Telmondis, Mezzo
Available subtitle(s): EN, FR
Resolution: Full HD