Sweeney Todd – From Fleet Street, London to La Monnaie, Brussels
Thursday, 09 June 2016
Sweeney Todd (1979) is a contemporary work, somewhere between opera and musical. Composer Stephen Sondheim and librettist Hugh Wheeler has reworked the famous urban legend “The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and transformed it into a funny and slightly horrible opera about revenge.
You now have the chance to see it in Brussels this month between 14-30 June at the beautiful La Monnaie opera hall.
Behind the tragic love story one finds some moral questions on the dark logic of capitalism and the razor edge boundary between life and death.
The composer famously said that the work “is a musical when presented as a musical, and an opera, when produced by an opera house.”