Au monde receives the Best World Premiere award at the International Opera Awards
Su 26 April 2015
‘And the winner is…’ Four years after La Monnaie was declared by Opernwelt to be the Opernhaus des Jahres, we are proud to report that international appreciation of our opera house has once more found expression in a prestigious award.
At the International Opera Awards gala in the Savoy Hotel in London, we were presented with the award for best World Premiere for our production of Au monde.
We are particularly delighted with the award in the best World Premiere category. La Monnaie devotes considerable resources every year to new works – and nobody has made a greater contribution over recent decades in this context than Philippe Boesmans. As we see it, the award for his opera Au monde also recognises decades of collaboration. This operatic adaptation of a play by Joël Pommerat, who also directed the premiere, is a work whose atmospheric, eerie style perfectly underpins the psychological oppressiveness of its claustrophobic setting. In that respect, it is emblematic of the theatricality that is always a priority for Boesmans and that has helped to make him one of the most respected Belgian opera composers ever.
The award is a fantastic recognition of the exploratory course we have sought to steer and of the work undertaken by our teams on a daily basis. As the unofficial Oscars of the opera world, the Opera Awards celebrate the best and most innovative of what has been presented on the world’s opera stages over the last year. From a longlist of more than a thousand nominations received from critics, musicians, and the readers of Opera Magazine, a respected team selected six nominees for each category; these were then assessed by an international jury of specialists. We are well aware of the great honour that this award represents: it confirms La Monnaie’s influential status amid the great international – and often much better-funded – opera houses of today’s opera scene.
Mo 13 April 2015
La Monnaie lets you discover all of its opera productions for free on the internet. For up to three weeks following the last performance of a show, you can watch or watch again our operas for free on this website.
These broadcasts are made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors of MMChannel.
Penthesilea is available from Thursday 23 April (8pm) to Wednesday 13 May 2015 included.
Penthesilea on the radio
Mo 30 March 2015
Our production of Penthesilea, a new opera by Pascal Dusapin staged by Pierre Audi and Berlinde De Bruyckere that we are presenting in world premiere, will be broadcasted on national radio (Klara and Musiq’3) on Saturday 25 April 2015.
Presentation 2015-2016 season
We 18 March 2015
Today, Wednesday 18 March, La Monnaie's general director Peter de Caluwe did present next season's programme during a press conference at the Brussels City Hall.
All information concerning next season's programme can be consulted here.
La Monnaie Children's Chorus is recruiting young voices
Mo 16 March 2015
La Monnaie Children’s Choruses are looking for:
- Boys and girls aged 7 to 10 for the Preparatory Chorus
- Boys and girls aged 10 to 13 for the Choir School
- Young girls aged 13 to 18 for La Choraline
This year auditions are organised on 10, 17, 20, 24 & 25 June 2015.
De Munt dedicates Medúlla to all victims of fundamentalisme
Fr 9 January 2015
La Monnaie and the artistic team of Medúlla dedicate this project to all victims of fundamentalism in all its facets - cultural, religious, political and economical... #jesuischarlie
Franck Ollu to conduct Penthesilea
Mo 15 December 2014
After Ludovic Morlot announced his resignation as chief conductor of La Monnaie, we had to find a replacement for the opera Penthesilea by Pascal Dusapin.
We are delighted to be able to announce that conductor Franck Ollu has accepted to conduct this world creation.
We would like to express our deep gratitude to our colleagues at Malmo Opera and Ensemble Modern for so generously releasing Franck Ollu from his engagements in order for him to conduct Penthesilea. We greatly appreciate their kind co-operation.
Ludovic Morlot steps down as Chief Conductor of La Monnaie
Fr 12 December 2014
Our chief conductor has decided to end his collaboration with La Monnaie at the end of December.
He will conduct all the remaining performances of Don Giovanni and also the concert performances of L'enfance du Christ at the end of this month.
Ludovic Morlot: "It is with deep regret that I announce my decision to step down as Chief Conductor of La Monnaie/de Munt at the end of December 2014.
I am deeply grateful to Peter de Caluwe for having given me the opportunity to be part of such a vibrant, challenging and creative institution. Working alongside members of La Monnaie and so many wonderful singers and directors has been inspiring and led to many positive musical experiences over the last few years, including the current Don Giovanni production.'
However, I feel that the orchestra and I have not managed to reach a consensus on an artistic vision and therefore, for the sake of their development as well as my own, I have made this decision to stand down."
In his reaction, our general director Peter de Caluwe, said "Although I very much regret this situation, I respect Ludovic Morlot's decision to make this radical change to his future plans. It has been a real pleasure to have had him as part of the creative and management teams here at La Monnaie for the last three seasons. His human approach and high degree of empathy as well as his innate musicianship have helped us to achieve so much, including a marked improvement in the sound of the orchestra.
Ludovic's departure offers us an unexpected opportunity to look to the future creatively in the context of the many other discussions we are having at the moment.
I trust that, with a continued empowerment policy we will be able to further improve the human and artistic harmony within the orchestra."
Wolfgang Rihm receives the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for his composition “IN-SCHRIFT 2”
We 3 December 2014
IN-SCHRIFT 2, an orchestral work that explores the boundaries of musical space, has earned German composer Wolfgang Rihm the 2015 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.
In February - March, La Monnaie is staging Rihms opera Jakob Lenz.
The 15-minute piece incorporates spatial effects and other inventive techniques to evoke a wide range of sound and emotion, said award director Marc Satterwhite.
The Berlin Philharmonic commissioned the work last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Philharmonie, the city’s iconic concert hall. At the October 2013 premiere, Rihm stationed clarinetists and percussionists at different spots around the auditorium to give the audience a sense of hearing music both near and far away.
“The work evokes dark colors and uses mostly low instruments – no flutes, violins or violas, for example,” Satterwhite said. “It begins and ends in quiet and mystery, taking many interesting paths along the way.”
Rihm, 62, a professor at Germany’s Karlsruhe University of Music, has been a composer-in-residence at music festivals in Lucerne and Salzburg. He has written more than 400 pieces in every classical musical genre, making him one of the most prolific composers of his generation.
Orchestras, vocalists, soloists and chamber groups throughout Europe have performed his work, as have orchestras in New York and Cleveland.
The university presents the prizes annually for outstanding work in music composition, ideas improving world order, psychology and education.
Watch the full recording of Rain, the choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
We 26 November 2014
On 25th May 2011 the world renowned Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris presented Rain, its first ever performance of a choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
The full recording of the performance at the Palais Garnier is to be seen on the website of Arte.
A Choreographer’s Score
Su 16 November 2014
The third box in the series A Choreographer’s Score is dedicated to Drumming en Rain and will be presented in Bozar on 25 November.
This third volume in the series A Choreographer’s Score comprises a book of interviews with choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker by the performance theorist and musicologist Bojana Cvejic, as well as two DVDs offering wide-ranging insights into the choreography and into the making of Drumming (1998) and Rain (2001), two landmark works created to the music of minimalist composer Steve Reich. The interviews are accompanied by a third DVD that presents a complete performance of Drumming with optional voice-over commentary.
On 25 November, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Bojana Cvejic will present their book in Bozar prior to the concert of Steve Reichs Music for Eighteen Musicians performed by the Ictus ensemble, in the context of Ars Musica. Radio Klara’s network manager Chantal Pattyn will moderate the conversation.
Authors: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Bojana Cvejic; Published by Mercatorfonds and Rosas,
October 2014; €44,95; available in English (ISBN 978 94 6230 048 4) and French (ISBN 978 94 6230 057 6).
MM Box Office becomes MM Tickets
Tu 4 November 2014
Our Box Office has been given a make-over and though the name has changed to MM Tickets, the service remains the same.
Our new address is : 14, rue des Princes - 1000 Brussels, adjacent to the theatre.
Recital Anne Sofie von Otter cancelled
We 29 October 2014
Due to the general strike of 15 December, we feel ourselves obliged to cancel the event of the day.
Do you already have a ticket? Please contact our MMTICKETS (02 212 12 11 - email@example.com) to either change your tickets for another recital or concert or to get reimbursed.
We 29 October 2014
The danse production Babel (words) will be postponed, probably to the month of June.
Federal cultural black-out
Fr 24 October 2014
The federal administrative departments, among which De Munt, Bozar and the National Orchestra are included, will be subject to cuts of 4% on staff and 20% on operations, as from 1st January 2015 and a 2% increase in the cuts each year until 2019.
Het verhaal van de Munt / Les mots de la Monnaie
Mo 6 October 2014
This newly released book - the first in the series Het verhaal van de Munt / Les mots de - aims to let you discover the magic of opera and one of the most beautiful buildings of Brussels.
Romeo Castellucci director of the year
Tu 30 September 2014
In 2011 La Monnaie was elected Opera House of the Year by a group of international correspondents in the annual report of the German magazine Opernwelt. This year the honour befell to stage director Romeo Castellucci.
At La Monnaie, Romeo Castellucci directed the famous opera Parsifal in 2011. Last season he directed an intriguing and captivating production of Orphée et Eurydice.
And this October, La Monnaie presents his newest creation Schwanengesang D744, a staged recital, not to be missed.
Here you'll also find the text that Peter de Caluwe, general director of La Monnaie, wrote at this occasion.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker receives the Medal for Merit to Culture from the Portuguese government.
Mo 29 September 2014
On Monday 29 September 2014 the Belgian choreographer was presented this medal by the Portuguese Secretary of State for Culture Jorge Barreto Xavier.
In a press release the Secretary of State describes Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker as on the world’s most highly respected names in the field of contemporary dance, who, thanks to her close links with Portugal, has contributed to the spread and enrichment of contemporary dance in Portugal.
The several collaborations with the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (Portugal’s National Ballet) and her residence as artist of the City of Lisbon in 2012 are just a few examples of this close relationship with Portugal.
Peter de Caluwe & Paul Dujardin, doctores honoris causa at the ULB
Fr 19 September 2014
The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) has honoured General director of La Monnaie Peter de Caluwe and Paul Dujardin, Director of Bozar with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa.