Antonín Dvořák


Once again, La Monnaie is presenting the magnificent production of Rusalka. Its visual richness, dramaturgic boldness and surprises fascinated audiences during its premiere in 2008. Stefan Herheim asserts his love of theatre and music in each of his stagings. The beautiful undine Rusalka is trapped by her passion for the Prince under the gaze of the spirit of the lake. Her metamorphosis becomes an occasion to explore the complexities of man’s desire for the many faces of each woman. Conductor Ádám Fischer emphasises Dvořák’s tremendous palette of orchestral colours, revealing the dramatic power as well as the emotional nuances of the work, in perfect harmony with the staging.

Are you under age 30? Benefit from a 30% reduction!

6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15 & 16 March 2012 – La Monnaie


Meet the Artist

Stefan Herheim


Stefan Herheim is one of the most innovative opera stage directors of our time. During this discussion, led by Peter de Caluwe, he will speak of his artistic career, his aesthetic universe and his approach to Rusalka.

Discussion in English.

3 March 2012 at 3.30pm – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

Museum Night Fever


Museum Night Fever is back on Saturday 3 March, featuring museums as you’ve never seen them before! No fewer than 24 Brussels museums will be staying open until the early hours for an offbeat programme of events. Once again, La Monnaie will participate in Museum Night Fever. Come and discover the universe of Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka, thanks to a surprising multidisciplinary itinerary on the theme of metamorphosis. The Alechinsky hall will become a lounge bar with DJ sets for the occasion.

3 March 2012 from 7pm till 1am – La Monnaie Workshops

Happy Sunday!

On the theme of Rusalka

This Happy Sunday! gives your children (aged 6-12) the chance to discover the story of the water sprite Rusalka. During a fascinating and poetic workshop, they will learn about Antonín Dvořák’s opera and characters.

11 March 2012 at 1.30pm – La Monnaie Workshops

A Night at the Opera

with School is Cool


Dive into the phantasmagorical universe of Rusalka – full of men and nymphs as well as other strange creatures – in the company of the energetic group from Antwerp, School is Cool! An exciting evening for young people under age 30, an encounter in two parts and a performance for only €20.

15 March 2012 at 6pm – La Monnaie





Tickets for Thanks to my Eyes, conducted by Franck Ollu and staged by Joël Pommerat.

Last tickets!

3, 5, 6, 10 & 11 April 2012 – Théâtre National


George Frideric Handel



George Frideric Handel

The story evokes the cruelty of the Roman oppressor at the beginning of Christianity: the princess Theodora, performed by soprano Sandrine Piau, and the Roman soldier Didymus refuse to renounce their Christian faith and are thus sentenced to death by the Roman Emperor Valens. This theme inspired Handel to write one of his most beautiful scores: a work to rediscover, conducted by Hervé Niquet.

12 March 2012 at 8pm – Bozar


Sandrine Piau & Les Paladins

Un horizon serein

The key figure in this programme is Jean-Philippe Rameau, who was the greatest French opera composer in the first half of the 18th century, and one of the most productive. With no historical bias, Sandrine Piau and Les Paladins have come up with a magnificent programme covering a century of French opera, presenting moving and even funny scenes.

17 March 2012 at 8pm – Bozar



Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Last Tickets

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui‘s splendid Apocrifu is back. The Belgian artist made an impact with this choreography for three dancers, a puppet and the Corsican vocal ensemble A Filetta. Since then, Apocrifu has been presented with huge international success. As a replacement for Three Duets, this is a performance to be seen again.

21 and 22 March 2012 at 8pm – La Monnaie


Jeux et contes cruels

Claude Debussy & Tristan Murail


Of the four works for orchestra which he had planned to write for ballet, Claude Debussy finished only one: Jeux, a ballet which playfully describes erotic attraction between young people. An echo of the typically French refinement of Debussy’s universe of sound is heard a century later in the spectral music of Tristan Murail. In his Contes cruels for two electric guitars and small orchestra, he evokes with a touch of humour the 19th century literary world of Villiers de l’Isle-Adam. This is a chance to discover the surprising work of conductor Susanna Mälkki.

24 March 2012 at 8pm – Bozar


La Monnaie presents its Concertini lunchtime concerts every Friday at 12.30pm.


For the revival of Rusalka, works by Antonín Dvořák will be performed by several La Monnaie chamber music ensembles and by the piano quartet Archino.


César Franck

Piano Trios

Tatiana Samouil (vl), Justus Grimm (vc), David Lively (pf)

2 March 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

Antonín Dvořák

Serenade in D minor for Wind, Cello and Double Bass, op.44 (1878)

Bagatelles, op.47 (1878)

La Monnaie Wind Ensemble

Zygmunt Kowalski (vl), Femke Sonnen (vl), Corinna Lardin (vc), e.o.

9 March 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

Antonín Dvořák

String Quartet N°10 in E flat major (‘Slavonic’), op.51 (1878-1879)

Cypresses, B.152 (1887) (selection)

La Monnaie Malibran String Quartet

16 March 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

Antonín Dvořák

Piano Quintet in A major, op.81 (1887)

La Monnaie Piano Quintet

23 March 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

Antonín Dvořák

Piano Quartet in E flat major, op.87 (1889)


30 March 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

March at La Monnaie.


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