Lear – You are men of stone

Lear - solitude, madness. © Elisa Haberer/Opéra National de Paris
Lear – solitude, madness. © Elisa Haberer/Opéra National de Paris

The partition of a kingdom, jealousy leading two sisters to orchestrate the death of a third, a cold-hearted father, a conspiration of an illegitimate son against his brother, another father losing his eyesight, blinded by his foes – those are the ingredients of William Shakespeare’s play “King Lear”. Those are the building blocks of Aribert Reimann’s opera “Lear”, that I saw two days ago in Paris at the Opéra Garnier. I finally made it into that prestigious opera house and I saw and heard an utterly stunning performance.

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