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LA MONNAIE DE MUNT

Die tote Stadt

A restrained psychological thriller, a muted portrait of a city, and one of the masterpieces of Belgian Symbolism: in Bruges-la-Morte, a gloomy Venice of the North reflects the grieving process of a man who, following the death of his wife, sinks into a mood of obsession and delusion. The operatic adaptation of the novel was a huge hit for 23-year-old Erich Wolfgang Korngold, whose ecstatic, at times exuberant music prefigured his later career as a film composer. The work has inspired the director Mariusz Treliński to create a production in which the lines between reality and the imaginary are constantly blurred, while the La Monnaie Symphony orchestra reaps the benefits of conductor Lothar Koenigs’ unerring feeling for the late-Romantic repertoire.