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  • Orchestral, Choral, Contemporary

The Monster in the Maze

Community Opera


Thu, 28 September 2017


Main Building – Grand Auditorium
Av. de Berna, 45A , Lisbon
(+351) 217 823 700
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  • Zone 1: €30,00
  • Zone 2: €23,00
  • Zone 3: €15,00
  • Balcony: €19,00
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Marie-Eve Signeyrole’s multimedia production of the opera by English composer Jonathan Dove, which premiered at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. The Monster in the Maze is an opera designed to bring together professional and amateur choristers – the Gulbenkian Choir shares the stage with groups of adults and children from various parts of the country. Created by Dove with the librettist Alasdair Middleton, the work revisits the Greek myth that tells the journey of Theseus to Crete to rescue the Athenian children offered in sacrifice to the Minotaur. Critically acclaimed as “marvellous and enchanting”, it is a grandiose spectacle for all ages that also looks poignantly at the present time, particularly with regard to social dramas, changes and movements.



Jonathan Dove
The Monster in the Maze (Portugal Premiere)

Libretto by Alasdair Middleton
Portuguese version by Tiago Marques

Community opera with 300 singers

Gulbenkian Choir
Gulbenkian Orchestra
Orquestra Estágio Gulbenkian (Youth Orchestra)
Quentin Hindley Conductor
Cátia Moreso Mezzo-Soprano (Mother of Teseus)
Carlos Cardoso Tenor (Teseus)
Rui Baeta Baritone (Dedalus)
Fernando Luís Narrator (Minos)
Marie-Eve Sygneyrole Staging
Fabien Teigné Scenography
Philippe Berthomé Light design
Coro Regina Coeli de Lisboa
Polyphonia Schola Cantorum
Spatium Vocale

Coro de Câmara da Academia de Amadores de Música
Coro Juvenil da Academia de Música de Santa Cecília
Coro Juvenil Euterpe
Coro Infantojuvenil da Universidade de Lisboa
Sérgio Fontão Choral director and coordinator

Marc Salmon e Maud Billen Staging assistants
Michel Charbonnier Origami bull design
Marie-Eve Signeyrole / Fabien Teigné / Julien Cano Animated  film creation and direction
Mathieu Maurice Video, Photography, Live camera
Philippe Marques / Kent Queener Pianists

Commissioned by Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Stiftung Berliner Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra
Co-production by Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon and Opéra de Lille

Co-financed by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme


Gulbenkian Choir Sponsor

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