‘Don Pasquale’ is the ideal opera for the holiday season. Let our dramaturge Marie Mergeay convince you to come see the show.
French director Laurent Pelly is celebrated internationally for his dream-like perspective on the bittersweet opera repertoire. With his unique theatrical vision, he has enchanted La Monnaie audiences on multiple occasions : with Don Quichotte (2010), Cendrillon (2011), The Golden Cockerel (2016) and with Don Pasquale (2018). Before tackling Verdi’s swan song Falstaff in December 2020, the director returns to his previous La Monnaie stagings in this video portrait.
The director Laurent Pelly returns to La Monnaie this December with Don Pasquale. We were able to interview him at the end of the summer, a few days before he left for Philadelphia where he presented a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor in September. A conversation devoted to Donizetti.
The Covid pandemic was a major blow to our current cultural year, with many of our productions having to be postponed to a later season. The artists who were meant to perform at La Monnaie did not forget our audience, though. Canadian mezzo Michèle Losier, who was set to perform the role of Octavian, here performs the very first sung words from Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, as well as the Prière by Charles Gounod.
For weeks our musicians have had to practice from the safety of their own home, but now they are finally able to return to La Monnaie. For the first Concert-E-no, Saténik Khourdoïan (violin), Noémi Tiercet (violin), Yves Cortvrint (viola), Dominique Lardin (viola), Sébastien Walnier (cello) and Corinna Lardin (cello) perform Tchaikovsky’s string sextet Souvenir de Florence. In this video you can get a sneak preview into how they rehearsed the piece remotely. The result can be heard this friday at 12:30.