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Opera

The Time of Our Singing

Kris Defoort

Presentation
SINGING MIGHT MAKE MORE SENSE OF LIFE THAN LIVING HAD TO START WITH.— RICHARD POWERS (THE TIME OF OUR SINGING)

After a year of anticipation, Kris Defoort’s new opera will finally be brought to the stage! Black Lives Matter, police brutality, rigged elections: these are themes that have remained at the forefront of current affairs over the past year. There are clear parallels to be drawn between the recent history of the US and The Time of Our Singing, which was inspired by the Richard Powers novel of the same name. The work depicts the life of a mixed-race family that is both united and divided by music, against the backdrop of segregation in the post-war United States. In collaboration with the librettist Peter van Kraaij, the conductor Kwamé Ryan, and the stage director Ted Huffman, Kris Defoort conjures an imaginary space in which official history and personal histories intertwine, in which people come together to weave a narrative, and in which jazz and classical music are enriched by one another. ‘To my mind, it doesn’t happen often that a contemporary opera is so profoundly rooted in the “now” and yet raises so many universal themes.’ (Kris Defoort)

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Cast

An opera by Kris Defoort
Libretto by Peter van Kraaij
Based on the novel by Richard Powers

 ConductorKWAMÉ RYAN
DirectorTED HUFFMAN

Set designJOHANNES SCHÜTZ
CostumesASTRID KLEIN
LightingBERND PURKRABEK
VideoPIERRE MARTIN
ChoreographyALAN BARNES
DramaturgyPETER VAN KRAAIJ & ANTONIO CUENCA RUIZ

Delia DaleyCLARON MCFADDEN
William DaleyMARK S. DOSS
David StromSIMON BAILEY
JonahLEVY SEKGAPANE
JoeyPETER BRATHWAITE
RuthABIGAIL ABRAHAM
Lisette SoerLILLY JØRSTAD
StudentsCHLOÉ BRYAN,
ISSAÏAH FISZMAN,
EVA ROSE THYS

PianistDAVID ZOBEL

La Monnaie Chamber orchestra
Jazz quartet (Mark Turner, Lander Gyselinck, Nicolas Thys, Hendrik Lasure)
La Monnaie's Children's and Youth Choir led by Benoît Giaux

Production LA MONNAIE / DE MUNTCo-production LOD MUZIEKTHEATER
THEATER ST.GALLEN

In coproduction with Shelter Prod and Prospero MM Productions, with the support of taxshelter.be and ING
With the support of the tax shelter of the Belgian federal government

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