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The Short Life of lili Boulanger

Lili Boulanger was a “female composer.” In 1913, with her cantata Faust et Hélène, she became the first woman – after Bizet, Massenet and Debussy –  to win the most important prize in French musical life at the time, the Rome Grand Prix. In 1918, at the age of 24, she died of serious illness, with and not from the war.

In just a few creative years, she composed 50 works that are still far too rarely seen on stages. Her only opera, Princess Maleine, remained unfinished.

This exquisitely tragic death is contrasted with an extraordinarily colorful and truly lived life. From the perspective of her last hour, LILI highlights episodes, small moments, deep feelings, and tense relationships of the eminent musician – interwoven with her music and the cantata Faust et Hélène, which is, after all, the best musical theater.

world premiere on 14 April 2022


Andrea Pinkowski


Lili Boulanger/Markus Syperek

text & dramaturgy

Änne-Marthe Kühn & Bernhard Glocksin

Stage/COSTUMe design

Nele Ahrens

production management

Anna Pechtl


Johanna Link, Ursula Renneke, Josephine Lange, Joshua Stuart, Merlind Pohl, N.N.

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