Dutch National Opera presents

Fin de Partie György Kurtág (1926)

Pure minimalism

Based on the famous play by Samuel Beckett, Fin de Partie is the first opera written by 91-year-old György Kurtág, one of the world’s greatest living composers. This production also marks Pierre Audi’s directorial debut at La Scala in Milan.

Beckett: waiting for the end

Renowned author and Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett originally wrote his four-character play Fin de Partie (1957) in French, later translating it into English himself as Endgame. He said that writing in language that was not his mother tongue enabled him to adopt a more straightforward and direct style. Together with En Attendant Godot, Fin de Partie is reckoned among Beckett’s most important works. In it, Beckett pares drama down to the essence: a handful of people in a single space, passing the time together, their sole concern to await the end.


György Kurtág’s compositions have left an indelible imprint on twentieth century music history. His stark, concentrated, intensely expressive style has made him an icon of minimal music, able to evoke whole universes in just a few bars. Applied to a classic work by fellow minimalist Samuel Beckett, his opera debut promises to be extraordinary.

Markus Stenz

Markus Stenz has been chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra since the 2012-2013 season, and is lauded for his performances of the contemporary symphonic and stage music repertoire. It was a while ago that the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra was in the orchestral pit with Dutch National Opera, this was the last time with Legende in 2011.

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
The Netherlands Radio Filharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1945, is an indispensable link in Dutch music life. No other orchestra plays so many Dutch and world premieres. Markus Stenz has been chief conductor since 2012. He can build on the success of illustrious predecessors such as Bernard Haitink, Edo de Waart and Jaap of Sweden. The Netherlands Radio Filharmonic Orchestra has a prominent place in the broadcasting series NTR ZaterdagMatinee and Het Zondagochtend Concert in The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the AVROTROS Vrijdag concert in TivoliVredenburg Utrecht.


Pierre Audi

Resident director

PIERRE AUDI (stage director) became director of De Nederlandse Opera in 1988. As of 1 January 2013 he has become Director of Dutch National Opera. In the years of his leadership till september 2018 he is credited with giving the Netherlands its own opera tradition. His combined vision and audacity have earned him respect, both in the Netherlands and far beyond its borders, as both the Director of Dutch National Opera and as a stage director.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Musical Director
Markus Stenz
Stage Director
Pierre Audi
Set and costumes
Christof Hetzer
Urs Schönebaum
Klaus Bertisch
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Frode Olsen
Leigh Melrose
Hilary Summers
Leonardo Cortellazzi

This production will mark Pierre Audi’s directorial debut at La Scala in Milan in November 2018.