Legendary director Patrice Chéreau, renowned for his centennial Ring cycle in Bayreuth, makes his U.S. debut as an opera director this fall with From the House of the Dead, opening November 12. His new production created a sensation when it premiered in Europe in 2007. Now Janáček’s riveting drama of human resilience in a Siberian prison, based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is seen for the first time at the Met. Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen also makes his company debut, and Peter Mattei leads the ensemble cast.

“The penal camp is a different society, parallel to ours, but there are many similarities between the two," Chéreau says of the opera’s setting. "Power, relationships, humiliation, passion—all those things exist in both worlds.”

Watch the director talk about bringing this powerful opera to the Met stage.

Read more: A Conversation with Bondy, Chéreau, Gelb, and Sher 

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