Composer and former general director of La Monnaie Bernard Foccroulle explains how the late choreographer Trisha Brown served as an inspiration for Climbing – Dancing. His cello concerto, commissioned by La Monnaie, gives a contemporary touch to the final Beethoven concert of our 2018-19 cycle, with the Seventh and Eighth Symfonies.
A few days before the world premiere of Bernard Foccroulle’s Climbing – Dancing, La Monnaie cellist Sébastien Walnier shares his impressions on this new cello concerto dedicated to Trisha Brown.
Mariusz Treliński’s staging for Die tote Stadt was ready. That is, until a pandemic and strict security protocols forced him to radically rethink his entire production. The result, which will be the first staged opera at La Monnaie in months, is a sublimated but ever so powerful production about loss, schizophrenic images of womanhood and… isolation. “We feel the same pressure and the same claustrophobia as Paul.”
Performing Die tote Stadt in a coronaproof way, is that even possible? For our newest production, Korngold’s most luscious score was re-orchestrated and ever so slightly cut by composer Leonard Eröd. In this video interview, conductor Lothar Koenigs explains why that doesn’t diminish the overwhelming Korngold sound at all.
The idea for Harold Nobens chamber opera À l'extrême bord du monde sprouted during his residency at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. Curious to see how things fanned out, we followed the Belgian composer and his mentor Benoît Mernier during their sessions with the singers- and musicians-in-residence at the Chapel.