Characters from "Les Liaisons dangereuses" the Marquise de Merteuil and the Viscount de Valmont are trapped in a salon, having renounced all sense of love. They play seductive mind games taking on the roles of the lovers Tourvel and Volanges themselves, hence the title: "Quartett."
Commissioned by La Scala and since performed at the Royal Opera and all over Europe. Francesconi describes the piece as a challenge to our ideas of opera, of society, of the dominance of Western thinking: “Don’t dare to come if you can't accept that you need to analyze what you do and who you are. This piece is violent, it’s sex, it’s blasphemy, it’s the absence of mercy.”
The score features two orchestras: a live chamber orchestra with electronics, and a recorded full orchestra and chorus created for the La Scala Premiere.
This opera portrays sexual situations and is recommended for mature audiences only.