Two awards for La Monnaie productions in Italy
Th 21 April 2016
On April 15, the Italian association for music criticism (Associazione Nazionale Critici Musicali) awarded its annual Premi Franco Abbiati. Bologna’s Teatro Communale, co-production partner of La Monnaie, received no less than three awards, a first in the 34-year-old history of the most prestigious Italian theatre awards.
Two of them were bestowed on productions originally created by La Monnaie: Guy Joosten’s Elektra in the category Best Director and Alvis Hermanis’ Jenůfa in the category Best Costumes, a wonderful recognition for the designs by Anna Watkins, all handcrafted in the Workshops of La Monnaie.
We would like to congratulate our loyal co-production partner Nicola Sani, intendant of the Teatro Communale di Bologna and collaborator for the past productions of Parsifal, Pélléas et Mélisande and Le Grand Macabre. We look forward to our future joint projects.
Sweeney Todd at Flagey
Tu 19 April 2016
Sweeney Todd plays at Flagey Studio 5 on April 21, at 20:00.
Tim Burton's film adaptation of Sondheim's musical tells the story of a London barberer in the Victorian age, who cuts the throats of his customers. With the help of his assistent Mrs Lovett, he turns his victims into meat pies. Sweeney Todd is a delightfully grotesque musical.
Venue adjustment for Concertino of March 25
Th 24 March 2016
Our concertino of March 25 will take place at 12:30 Bozar STUDIO, instead of Korean Cultural Centre. Bozar has accepted to help us stage the concert after whe heard the Korean Cultural Centre was forced to close. We would like to thank our colleagues at Bozar for their help!
STUDIO BOZAR (210 places)
Rue Ravenstein 23, Bruxelles 1000
Fr 25 March 2016
What Banksy does with images, the Scottish urban poet Robert Montgomery does with words: a wall, a billboard, a city view bent to his will. His eye-catching installations carry dreamy, critical, and at the same time optimistic messages. They succeed at drawing attention to the hidden poetry of unnoticed public spaces, in order to enrich everyday reality with unexpected layer of meaning. Montgomery is an alchemist with letters. In front of the Muntpaleis, he stages a work with no more than five simple words: All Palaces Are Temporary Palaces. They achieve more than just reminder of the fact that this venue is merely a temporary replacement for our theater under renovation. In between the post-industrial remnants of the former Thurn and Taxis-halls and the proud, brand new Muntpaleis, the phrase at the same time functions as a cautioning vanitas and an explicit call to appreciate fully the fleeting beauty of an intimate aria, a moving performance -- of a newly discovered opera location.
La Monnaie closed on Wednesday 23 March
Tu 22 March 2016
Because of the events in Brussels, La Monnaie and the Palais de la Monnaie at Tour & Taxis will be closed on Wednesday 23 March. All activities of the day are cancelled.
We present our condolences to the families of the victims.
Alain Platel receives honorary doctorate from Ghent University
Mo 14 March 2016
On 18 March 2016 (Dies Natalis), Ghent University awards an honorary doctorate to Alain Platel: orthopedagogue, director, choreographer, and founder of the dance and theater company Les Ballets C. de la B.
In May-June 2017, La Monnaie will present Alain Platel’s Mahler Projekt.
Online ticket sale unavailable
Tu 8 March 2016
A technical maintenance of our ticketing system is scheduled for Wednesday 18 at 22:00. Due to this maintenance all online ticket sale services will be suspended. We expect normal operations to resume on Thursday at 06:00.
La Monnaie nominated for the International Opera Awards
Th 3 March 2016
The International Opera Awards return for their fourth year on May 15, 2016 in London.
La Monnaie was nominated for best world premiere : Penthesilea by Pascal Dusapins.
All information is to be found on: www.operaawards.co.uk
L'Opera Seria : starting hour advanced to 7pm
Th 4 February 2016
During rehearsals it became clear that our version of this opera would be longer than initially anticipated. In order to offer our public the luxury of two intervals as well as the closing time at a reasonable hour, we decided to start the show at 7pm (instead of 7:30pm).
Fr 29 January 2016
The production of Frankenstein - the new creation that La Monnaie commissioned from the American composer Mark Grey, based on an idea by Alex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus - is postponed to a later date. Instead of Frankenstein, we will close this season with another first for La Monnaie, which is also “out of the box”: namely Sweeney Todd.
We have been forced to make this decision as a result of both technical and budgetary complications. The venue at Tour & Taxis has unfortunately turned out not to be the ideal location to achieve what the creative team had in mind and what a world creation of this international importance would deserve. We have decided to carry out this project in one of the next seasons and at our home venue La Monnaie. This was the setting we had originally planned and for which the project had been designed and destined.
Sa 23 January 2016
The MonnaieMuntMagazine 32 (February > April 2016) was published on Friday 22 January in De Morgen and in Le Soir.
The digital version is to be consulted here:
Pierre Boulez deceased
We 6 January 2016
With much sadness we hear that Boulez in Baden Baden on Tuesday 5 January.
Pascal Dusapin, who befriended Boulez, and the artistic team of To Be Sung will dedicate today's premiere to the memory of one of the most essential protagonists of the musical scene in the second half of the 20th century.
La Monnaie on Google Cultural Institute
Tu 1 December 2015
A virtual tour of La Monnaie? We have teamed up with the Google Cultural Institute to make this possible starting in December.
Wherever you are, you can visit La Monnaie via the internet: stroll from the Grande Salle, up the honorific staircase, through the Royal Salon and the Grand Foyer and even into the workshops. As a separate initiative, beautifully illustrated themed exhibitions have been put together. All this fits beautifully into our extramural season!
Recital Simon Keenlyside cancelled
Th 26 November 2015
Due to health issues, Simon Keenlyside is forced to cancel his recital of 7 December.
The « Inside the Singers Studio », scheduled for after the performance is equally cancelled.
Do you already have a ticket? Please contact our MMTICKETS (02 212 12 11 - firstname.lastname@example.org) to either change your tickets for another recital or concert or to get reimbursed.
Nocturne 21 November cancelled
Sa 21 November 2015
Since Belgian authorities raised the terror alert level in Brussels to the highest level, La Monnaie has decided to cancel its participation to the Brussels Museums Nocturnes scheduled for Thursday 26 November.
Performances Medúlla 21 November cancelled
Sa 21 November 2015
Because Belgian authorities raised the terror alert level in Brussels to the highest level, La Monnaie has decided to cancel the performances of Medúlla scheduled for today 21 November.
Ticketholders will have their tickets reimbursed in gift vouchers, to be used for another performance of their choice.
For more information, please contact MM Tickets.
Andrea Breth receives Der Faust award 2015 for Jakob Lenz
Tu 17 November 2015
Andrea Breth has been award the prestigious Der Faust 2015 by the Deutscher Bühnenverein for her staging of Jakob Lenz, a coproduction of La Monnaie, Oper Stuttgart and the Staatsoper Berlin.
MM Tickets - exhibition
Fr 13 November 2015
Tickets for the shows in the second half of this season go on sale on December 1st. To mark the occasion La Monnaie is inviting you to come along and delve into its archive and discover the history and graphic evolution of its admission tickets. You will be surprised at just how much tickets can tell us about an opera house!
1.12.2015 - 11:00
14 rue des Princes, 1000 Bruxelles
Anthony Rolfe Johnson - recital at La Monnaie on CD
Sa 31 October 2015
In November Cypres will release a CD dedicated to a recital by Anthony Rolfe Johnson at La Monnaie.
This recording will enable you to relive the thrilling recital given in 1996 by the celebrated English tenor accompanied by Graham Johnson on the piano, a recital taken from the inestimable archives of La Monnaie.
Rolfe Johnson performs Purcell, Schubert and Britten, three composers he placed above all others.
Mitridate, new production team chosen
Mo 26 October 2015
La Monnaie has chosen the new production team for the opera Mitridate, Re di Ponto scheduled for May 2016 : Clarac-Deloeuil > le lab, represented by Jean-Philippe Clarac and Olivier Deloeuil.
Sa 24 October 2015
The MonnaieMuntMagazine 31 (November 2015 > January 2016) was published on Friday 23 October in De Morgen and on Saturday 24 October in Le Soir. The digital version is to be consulted here:
Nominations in Opernwelt Jahrbuch 2014-2015
Th 1 October 2015
La Monnaie has the pleasure to announce that it has was mentioned three times by the revered German review Opernwelt in its annual report or “Jahrbuch 2014-15” : for Jakob Lenz, Penthesilea & Georg Nigl (who starred both in Jakob Lenz and in Penthesilea).
Elisir d'amore : performance of 17 September
Su 6 September 2015
The performance of Thursday 17 September at 2pm is accessible to varied audience:
- secondary school students
- college students
- the socially, economically and medically fragile
- all public
Alain Altinoglu appointed as Music director of La Monnaie
We 2 September 2015
Since conducting several performances at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, including Massenet’s Cendrillon in 2011, and many symphonic concerts with the orchestra of La Monnaie , it is with great enthusiasm that General director Peter de Caluwe and the staff of La Monnaie welcome Maestro Alain Altinoglu into this long-term collaboration as their new Music Director.