The main character, SS officer Max Aue, is not only a witness but above all, also a participant in the horrors of war, but he is not burdened by it. It will be directed by Calixto Bieito. We're happy to invite you to our symposium on April 7th. More information and tickets are available here.
About the Project
Back to Shortlist. Belgium Opera Vlaanderen. Since its breaking success as a novel, Les Bienveillantes by Jonathan Littell, has been adapted a few times for spoken theatre in Germany and Belgium. Hector Parra and Calixto Bieito took the initiative, with the support by the author of the book Jonathan Littell, for a new adaptation into an Opera. The reference of the book-title to the Greek tragedy of Orestes justifies giving a major voice to the chorus and rendering the work an oratorio or passion-like character. Due to its unprecedented perspective on the atrocities of World War II, the reception of the book was controversial from the start. It tells the story of Maximilian Aue, a French-German former SS-officer, from his perspective as an eyewitness and responsible partaker at all the major Nazi crimes.
The novel is structured into seven sections. Each section bears the name of a baroque suite, and we respected this in the opera: seven sections in total, four before the interval, and three after. The opera tells the story of the nazification of Max Aue.
Opera Ballet Vlaanderen is the only opera company in the Flanders region. Since January it forms the biggest cultural institution of Flanders, after a successful merger between the Flemish Opera and Royal Ballet Flanders. The company performs the whole opera repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary and presents both the classics and the lesser known titles. Jan Vandenhouwe took on artistic leadership of opera in season , while Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is artistic director ballet.