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LA MONNAIE DE MUNT

© Lissyelle Laricchia

Opera

Henry VIII

Camille Saint-Saëns

Presentation
Because you have been faithful to your art, the future will be faithful to your work.— Charles Gounod (after the première of Henry VIII)

When desire becomes an affair of state: La Monnaie brings its cycle devoted to the Tudor monarchs to a close with Henry VIII, a disgracefully neglected opera by Camille Saint-Saëns. This final homage to grand opéra presents the notorious English king at the moment when he seeks to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled so he can marry Anne Boleyn – and is even willing to challenge the authority of the pope in order to get his way.

Excavating hidden treasures from the French repertoire has become a sacred mission for the director Olivier Py (Les Huguenots, Hamlet, and Dialogues des Carmélites). In his compatriot Alain Altinoglu, he has found the ideal partner to breathe new life, from the orchestra pit, into this unique score almost a century after its composer’s death.

Cast
Cast

ConductorALAIN ALTINOGLU
DirectorOLIVIER PY
Set design & costumesPIERRE-ANDRÉ WEITZ
LightingBERTRAND KILLY
Chorus masterEMMANUEL TRENQUE

Henry VIIILAURENT NAOURI
Don Gomez de FériaED LYON
Le Cardinal CampeggioPAUL GAY
Le Comte de SurreyENGUERRAND DE HYS
Le Duc de NorfolkWERNER VAN MECHELEN
CranmerJÉRÔME VARNIER
Catherine d’AragonVÉRONIQUE GENS
Anne de BoleynNORA GUBISCH
Lady ClarenceLUDIVINE GOMBERT

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 
La Monnaie Choral Academy, led by Benoît Giaux

ProductionDE MUNT / LA MONNAIE
In partnership withPALAZZETTO BRU ZANE – CENTRE DE MUSIQUE ROMANTIQUE FRANÇAISE
With the support ofNATIONALE LOTERIJ / LOTERIE NATIONALE

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