Thursday, November 5, 2015

Paris Opera takes on the challenge of Schönberg’s ‘Moses and Aron’

By Roslyn Sulcas
AA scene from Romeo Castellucci’s production of "Moses and Aron." Credit Bernd Uhlig/Opéra national de Paris
FRANCE---The encounter between the prophet Moses and his brother Aron takes place in a whited-out landscape that transforms human figures into ghosts. The golden calf is a one-and-a-half-ton Charolais bull. And God? As Moses sings in the opening scene, he is “unique, eternal, omnipresent, invisible, unrepresentable.” That’s the paradox of Arnold Schönberg’s rarely staged landmark opera “Moses und Aron,” which last month opened the Paris Opera’s 2015-16 season — in a visually dazzling, thrillingly radical production by the avant-garde Italian director Romeo Castellucci. [link]