Opera in three acts and eight scenes by Olivier Messiaen
- 3 hours 40 minutes with an interval
- Recommended age: 12+
- In French
- With German surtitles
- With English surtitles
Mammoth opera about the ultimate questions on a spectacular arena stage
He lived in voluntary poverty and preached to animals. The radical life of Saint Francis of Assisi inspired Olivier Messiaen’s only opera. The composer created a huge mosaic of sound using vivid images, intense orchestral colours and atmospheric bird calls. The head of artistic direction Benedikt von Peter stages this masterpiece of the 20th century as an existential borderline experience in a world after the catastrophe. On Márton Ágh’s spectacular arena stage, the audience becomes part of the action.
Just ten times in three weeks!
Dates & Tickets
About the work
NEW! Instead of a matinée – before the premiere
Shortly before the premiere, during the final rehearsals, we invite you to take a exclusive look behind the scenes. During an initial introduction you will get to know the artistic team and learn more about the production, inspiration and staging. Afterwards you will witness a stage rehearsal.
- Meeting point is the foyer
- 1 hour 30 minutes
- CHF 10
- Usually in German
- Date: 05.10.2020, 7 pm
We take care of your children while you enjoy the performance. Book when purchasing your ticket.
Date: 01.11.2020, 4 pm
With support from Theaterverein Basel
- Der Engel – Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir
- Saint François – Nathan Berg
- Der Leprakranke – Rolf Romei
- Bruder Léon – Jason Cox
- Bruder Massée – Paul Curievici
- Bruder Elie – Karl-Heinz Brandt
- Bruder Bernard – Andrew Murphy
- Bruder Sylvestre – Paull-Anthony Keightley
- Bruder Rufin – Kyu Choi
- Chor des Theater Basel
- Statisterie Theater Basel
- Sinfonieorchester Basel