The shittiest opera ever written

The shittiest opera ever written


norman lebrecht

February 20, 2020

The veteran Belgian composer Philippe Boesmans, 83, is writing yet another opera for La Monnaie.

Titled On purge bébé, and adapted from a Feydeau farce, the plot revolves around a seven year-old child with constipation and its refusal to accept a purgative.

Premiere in 2022. Don’t all run at once.

We are indebted for this item of light relief to the indisensable forumopera site…

… and for the illustration to the incontinent city of Vienna


  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    That toilet in Vienna is now replaced with a modern one.

  • Bruce says:

    With any luck, Calixto Bieito will be the director, and he will set it in 18th C. Sweden.

  • Ross Amico says:

    At last, a perfect double-bill with “L’enfant et les sortilèges.”

  • Cubs Fan says:

    Could make for some interesting bassoon parts, ala Beethoven 2nd.

  • Piano Lover says:

    Well at least we will have a different story than most other operas deliver:that is a love affair between X&Y while Z tries to …and so on…this is a common story in operas.
    I must tell you: I HATE OPERAS.

  • CYM says:

    Would be nice to pair it with Monteverdi « L’incoronazione di Poopea » …

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    A perfect metaphor for the US Presidential primaries run by the Democrats.

  • John Borstlap says:

    This is a quite recent Boesmans opera:

    To be taken light-heartedly, say: the opposite of – for instance – Parsifal.

    Other Boesmaniana:

    I think it’s very effective theatre music.