Alain Altinoglu is back at La Monnaie to conduct his first opera production of the year. We got to follow our Music Director during the orchestral rehearsals of Tosca, after which he kindly took place behind the piano to guide us along the great musical themes that make this opera one of the must-see pieces of the repertoire.
A bloodhound and a not-quite-so-innocent shepherd. Our production of Tosca sees MM Academy members Kamil Ben Hsaïn Lachiri and Logan Lopez Gonzalez at work on the opera stage. The two young singers talk about their experience in our training programme, their first steps as professional singers and their role in Tosca.
He might be the youngest artist to take the stage for Tosca, but Sacha Pirlet is not your average twelve-year-old. With plenty of experience in the field of acting for both film and stage and with his coach Mehdi Mojahid to back him up, Sacha is more than ready to step into the shoes of Pier Paolo Pasolini.
From his personal connection with Rome to the influences of Caravaggio and Pier Paolo Pasolini. From the way he approaches the main characters to the inspiration of the moment in the rehearsal room ... The Spanish stage director Rafael R. Villalobos guides you through the latest La Monnaie production.
Colossal images of barking dogs, naked bodies, a grieving Mary Magdalene, and an emblematic beheading scene. Spanish painter Santiago Ydáñez brought out his brushes for our production of Tosca. We asked him how these newly created works came to be.