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LA MONNAIE DE MUNT

Opera in concert

De Kinderen der Zee

Lodewijk Mortelmans

Presentation

‘Not one [of them] would hold his blood, / His flesh, his firstborn in his arms, /His wife would cry out in a widow’s pain / Before she cradled her first infant in her lap.’ Such is the inexorable curse that afflicts the Mariën fishing family, in which every father-to-be perishes at sea before the birth of his first child. 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.

Cast
Cast

Libretto van Rafaël Verhulst
Muziek van Lodewijk Mortelmans

ConductorALAIN ALTINOGLU
ChorusmasterJAN SCHWEIGER

StellaTINEKE VAN INGELGEM
GeertruiCHRISTIANNE STOTIJN
Ivo MariënYVES SAELENS
PetrusWERNER VAN MECHELEN
BoltenKURT GYSEN
FrederikDENZIL DELAERE

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and chorus
La Monnaie Children's and Youth Choir & Choral Academy, led by Benoît Giaux

ProductionLA MONNAIE / DE MUNT
Co-productionBOZAR MUSIC
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

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