In weal or woe, sorrow or glee, the sea alone, only the sea
For generations, the poor Mariën fishing family has been afflicted by a ghastly curse: one after another, its fathers drown before their first child is born. This story, set in the seventeenth century, inspired Lodewijk Mortelmans’ opera De Kinderen der Zee, the magnum opus of this unjustly forgotten composer who nonetheless made his mark on musical life in our region in the early decades of the twentieth century. His score, which is full of poetry about nature, combines late-Romantic realism with the Wagnerian device of the leitmotiv to create inextricable connections between the sea and fate. With Alain Altinoglu at the helm, outstanding Dutch-language singers will perform this little-known gem from our Belgian operatic repertoire.
Both performances of De Kinderen der Zee will be performed without choir.
Libretto van Rafaël Verhulst
Muziek van Lodewijk Mortelmans
StellaTINEKE VAN INGELGEM
Ivo MariënYVES SAELENS
PetrusWERNER VAN MECHELEN
FrederikGILLES VAN DER LINDEN
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra
ProductionLA MONNAIE / DE MUNT
With the support ofSTICHTING MORTELMANS & STUDIECENTRUM VOOR VLAAMSE MUZIEK
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