April at La Monnaie

April at La Monnaie


Thanks to my Eyes

Oscar Bianchi

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Thanks to my Eyes is the fruit of a collaboration between the brilliant Swiss Italian composer Oscar Bianchi – who is presenting his first opera – and author and stage director Joël Pommerat. This opera creation is fully in keeping with the theme of identity presented by La Monnaie this season, as it deals with the question of the stormy relationship set in the mountains between a father – the biggest comic artist of his time – and his only son, Aymar, who is incapable of meeting his father’s stifling demand to succeed him on stage. Forced to fit the paternal mould, the young man only finds comfort with a strange and timid woman, during dangerous and liberating nights away from the closed family setting. This Belgian premiere allows us to rediscover the fascinating poetic universe of Joël Pommerat following the theatre production of Cendrillon at the beginning of the season.

01, 03, 05, 06, 10 & 11 April 2012 – Théâtre National

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Meet the Artists – Joël Pommerat & Franck Ollu

Discover the secrets of the recent creation of the opera Thanks to my Eyes with stage director and librettist Joël Pommerat and orchestra conductor Franck Ollu. This discussion – led by Christian Longchamp – will reveal the challenge of opera creation today.

01 April 2012 at 5pm – Théâtre National




George Frideric Handel


Five exceptional singers – including Bejun Mehta in the title role – will bring to life the surprising and spectacular vision of the follies of love of Orlando, presented by stage director Pierre Audi. Will desire and destruction or reason prevail? Will the appearance of an eagle – both menacing and kindly – save a hero from a final descent into madness? Is love so dangerous? Conducted by René Jacobs – grand master of this repertoire – Handel’s music will delight us thanks to the Baroque Orchestra B’Rock and their period instruments.

19, 21, 24, 26 & 28 April, 02, 04, 06, 09 & 11 May 2012 – La Monnaie

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On the theme of Orlando: Inside the Music with René Jacobs

Dive into the heart of Handel’s score during an exclusive encounter with René Jacobs, one of the greatest specialists of the baroque repertoire. A wonderful occasion to understand the challenges of Orlando and the conductor’s approach.

23 April 2012 at 6.30pm – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer


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Relive the magic of Stefan Herheim’s Rusalka. The full performance of the opera is available for free on our website until 16 April.

With the support of MM Channel patrons


From 12 April until 2 May, the full performance of Oscar Bianchi’s first opera, Thanks to my Eyes, will be available for free on our website.

With the support of MM Channel patrons


Il Trovatore

Giuseppe Verdi


Tickets for Il Trovatore, conducted by Marc Minkowski and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov, may be purchased as of 28 April online, by telephone or at the box office.

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10, 12, 15, 19, 22, 24, 26 & 29 June, 01, 04 & 06 July 2012 – La Monnaie



Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

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The compelling rhythmicality of this long work for percussion ensemble propels the thirteen dancers from Rosas into a choreography which alternates between virtuosity, sophistication and limpidity. Based on a composition by Steve Reich, the entire choreography of Drumming proceeds from a single motion phrase, explored exhaustively and unremittingly through endless combinations, variations and transformations, by reversing it, speeding it up and slowing it down.

25, 26, 27, 28 & 29 April 2012 – Kaaitheater


Otello, ossia il moro di Venezia

Gioachino Rossini

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This little-known opera by Rossini is a splendid rarity: an opera seria by one of the masters of comic opera. According to him, this Otello could have been called Desdemona due to the importance of the female character’s role in the opera. The participation of Anna Caterina Antonacci adds an even bigger dimension to this event, proving that this Otello may be compared to that of Verdi, with other qualities and strengths which make it one of the most beautiful works in the belcanto repertoire.

25 & 29 April, 03 May 2012 – La Monnaie


Christianne Stotijn & Inon Barnatan

Gaspard de la nuit


Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and Israeli/American pianist Inon Barnatan bring us this beautiful programme. Sensitive and subtle, this poetic wander through the musical nights of a contrasting variety of artists promises to be full of delightful surprises. You will hear Schubert, Berg, Moussorgski and Britten, as well as Ravel and his magical Gaspard de la nuit, which gives its title to this recital.

27 April 2012 at 8pm – La Monnaie



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

You do not have to be a seasoned expert in chamber music to come and enjoy these superb short concerts or to talk with the musicians and likeminded music-lovers afterwards.



On the programme:

Femke Sonnen Fantasie voor solo viool, op.2 (2005)
Bernard Foccroulle Ich zoll Silbern erzittern, für Alt Flöte (2011)
Tristan Murail Les Ruines circulaires, pour violon et clarinette (2006)
John Cage Sonata for Clarinet (1933)

Femke Sonnen (vl), Carlos Bruneel (fl), Raymond Dils (cl)

06 April 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

Works of Ludwig van Beethoven

Sébastien Walnier (vc) e.a.

13 April 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

Favorite arias of Norma, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, L’Elisir d’amore…
PianO’per’Arpa : Letizia Belmondo (hp) & Zsolt Czetner (pf)

20 April 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

Gioachino Rossini Sonata a quattro n°6 (1804, rev. 1812) & Opera-ouvertures

Octuor à vent de la Monnaie

27 April 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer


12 MAY 2012

On the occasion of the European Opera Days, La Monnaie opens its doors!

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Vier april met veel muziek! | Fêtez avril en Musiques | BOZAR MUSIC Newsletter april | avril 2012

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Vier april met veel muziek! 


12 > 15.04.2012 – 20:00 | Paleis voor Schone Kunsten

Balkan Trafik is terug, met opnieuw spetterende muziek uit zuidoostelijk Europa: brassbands uit Servië en Roemenië, klarinettist Ivo Papasov, accordeonist Roberto de Brasov, de potige rock van Jericho, muziekcafés (rembetiko, manouche en sevdah) en de supergroep Band of Gypsies. (12 > 15.04)Info & Tickets


15.04.2012 – 20:00 | Paleis voor Schone Kunsten

Laat u verleiden door de beroemde Duitse tenor. Met zijn sensuele en krachtige stem en het voorkomen van een jonge held, is hij de belichaming van de romantische zanger bij uitstek. Jonas Kaufmann doet enkele van de grootste opera-aria’s weer herleven. (15.04).Info & Tickets


23.04.2012 – 20:00 | Paleis voor Schone Kunsten

 Sergey & Lusine Khachatryan © Serge Derossi / Naïve De eerste laureaat van de Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd 2005, Sergey Khachatryan, speelt opnieuw in de zaal waar hij de overwinning behaalde. Zijn zus Lusine begeleidt hem op piano. Ze stellen een meeslepend recital voor, met onder meer werken van twee Armeense componisten. (23.04)Info & Tickets


26.04.2012 – 20:00 | Paleis voor Schone Kunsten

Rocio Molina Het Paleis rolt nogmaals de rode loper uit voor de sterren van de flamenco. Rijzende ster Rocío Molina was de voorbije jaren te gast op de belangrijkste internationale festivals en ontving de belangrijke Premio Nacional de Danza. In haar zeer persoonlijk, expressieve dansstijl vermengt ze oeroude flamencotradities met eigentijds experiment. (26.04).Info & Tickets


30.04.2012 – 20:00 | Paleis voor Schone Kunsten

De optredens van het Ensemble Intercontemporain zijn al lang gezaghebbend. Aangezien Pierre Boulez om gezondheidsredenen niet aanwezig kan zijn, is het George Benjamin die de fakkel overneemt. Hij dirigeert een concert dat focust op de seriële muziek en haar erfenis. Op het programma staan werken van Donatoni, Borowski, Schönberg en natuurlijk Boulez.Info & Tickets

Fêtez avril en MusiqueS


12 > 15.04.2012 – 20:00 | Palais des Beaux-Arts

Balkan Trafik nous rapporte une nouvelle fois le meilleur de la musique du sud-est de l’Europe : des brass bands de Serbie et de Roumanie, le clarinettiste Ivo Papasov, l’accordéoniste Roberto de Brasov, le rock énergique de Jericho, des cafés musicaux – rembetiko, manouche et sevdah, et le majestueux Band of Gypsies. (12 > 15.04).Info & Tickets


15.04.2012 – 20:00 | Palais des Beaux-Arts

Laissez-vous séduire par le célèbre ténor allemand. Incarnant le chanteur romantique par excellence, à la voix sensuelle et puissante et au physique de jeune premier, Jonas Kaufmann, célèbre ténor allemand, vous fera revivre quelques-uns des plus grands airs d’opéra. (15.04).Info & Tickets


23.04.2012 – 20:00 | Palais des Beaux-Arts

Sergey & Lusine Khachatryan © Serge Derossi / Naïve Le premier Lauréat du Concours Reine Elisabeth 2005, Sergey Khachatryan, revient sur le lieu de ses exploits. Pour l’occasion, le violoniste est accompagné au piano par sa sœur Lusine. Ils proposent un récital passionnant qui comporte notamment des œuvres de deux compositeurs arméniens. (23.04).Info & Tickets


26.04.2012 – 20:00 | Palais des Beaux-Arts

Rocio Molina Une fois encore, le Palais déroule le tapis rouge aux étoiles du flamenco. Rocío Molina a foulé la scène des plus grands festivals internationaux et reçu le fameux Premio Nacional de Danza. Son style, très personnel, perpétue la tradition en enrichissant le répertoire de chorégraphies contemporaines. (26.04)Info & Tickets


30.04.2012 – 20:00 | Palais des Beaux-Arts

  BOZAR porte la musique électronique dans son cœur et la BOZAR NIGHT en est la preuve ! Expos et musique full électro pour la BOZAR NIGHT du 30 avril. Des VJ et des DJ comme Clark, Daedelus, Lazer Sword et GoldFFinch mixent des beats lancinants et de chaleureux soundscapes psychédéliques pour danser jusqu’aux petites heures ! (30.04).Info


Hugo De Pril @ Walhalla: At least 5 superb shows to see for free on the Internet

At least 5 superb shows to see for free on the Internet

At least 5 superb shows to see for free on the Internet

This never replaces the experience of sparkling creativity that you might feel at La Monnaie opera in Brussels, for example, but it can be a good cultural complement to the (unsatisfactory?) offer at your local opera house.

Think to contribute, if you can, and subscribe to Medici TV for at least a month. They make many videos of the top quality shows available for us and for all the viewers worldwide and they need subscribers…

Below is the list of 6 brilliant shows with links:

(1) Ariadne auf Naxos [dir- Philippe Arlaud, cnd- Christian Thieleman, cast: Renée Fleming, Sophie Koch, Jane Archibald, Robert Dean Smith, Nikolay Borchev, Steven Humes,…]

Production is not particularly interesting (i.e. Claus Guth production of this opera — and the one by Robert Carsen– remain unbeaten), but the conservative crowd was all excited because of Christian Thielemann. He did well although, IMO, Kent Nagano conducts this opera much better. Excellent cast dominated by Sophie Koch.

Click here to watch the show.

(2) Otello by Rossini [dir- Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier, cnd- Muhai Tang, cast: John Osborn, Cecilia Bartoli, Javier Camarena, Peter Kalman, Liliana Nikiteanu,…]

Witty and interesting production by which Moshe and Patrice confirmed that they are ones of the most intelligent and talented directors today (probably more intelligent than talented). With such an atrocious libretto, witty producers were indispensable. Good job! Although the hype was all about Cecilia Bartoli, John Osborne stole the show (big time!)

Here is your link where you can see the show.

(3) Péleas et Mélisande [dir- Robert Wilson, cnd- Philippe Jordan, cast: Stéphane Degout, Elena Tsallagova, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Franz Josef Selig, Vincent Le Texier, Jérôme Varnier]

It’s the legendary Bob Wilson production that deserves to be seen once in life. 2012 is the year of Debussy, the cast and the orchestra were good, and I’m sure it will sound better on video than in the huge hall of Opéra de Bastille. Wholeheartedly recommended!

You can see it on this link until June 15 this year.

(4) Eugene Onegin [dir- Krzysztof Warlikowski, cnd- Pietari Inkinen, cast: Simon Keenlyside, Pavol Breslik, Ekaterina Scherbachenko, Alisa Kolosova…]

Not the best Warikowski, but it’s still Warlikowski…—> Must see absolument!

Live webcast will start this Saturday at 7 p.m. (CET) on this link.

(5) Rusalka [dir- Stefan Herheim, cnd- Adam Fischer, cast: Tatiana Monogarova, Pavel Cernoh, Annalena Persson, Willard White…]

This is my favorite Herheim show together with Lohengrin. Even if it will allow you to see only a small fraction of brilliance of this gem –with respect to what you get during the live performance– it is definitely the show not to miss. It is very regie but its spectacular side will hopefully help those who reject the inventive opera director to reconsider their positions. And yes – Tatiana Monogarova rocks!

Free online streaming will open next Tuesday (March 27) and it will be available for 3 weeks on this link.

(6) L’incoronazione di Poppea [dir- Jean-François Sivadier, cnd- Emmanuelle Haïm, cast: Sonya Yoncheva, Max Emmanuel Cencic, Ann Hallenberg, Mathias Vidal, Amel Brahim-Djelloul, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Patrick Schramm…]

This is arguably the most beautiful opera ever; this new production received rave reviews, the subtle theater by Sivadier troubled many people but apparently everyone was enchanted after the show. Our beloved Sonya Yoncheva was fantastic — all reviewers are gushing over her vocal and scenic presence, and they all emphasize the passionate performance by Max Cencic, Ann Halenberg and Matias Vidal.

The show was recorded a week ago and will be available for 6 months on Arte Live Web, starting from next Monday March 26

Opera Cake: At least 5 superb shows to see for free on the Internet

Hugo De Pril @ Walhalla: At least 5 superb shows to see for free on the Internet.

The Well-Tempered Ear

By Jacob Stockinger

It has been a busy time for University of Wisconsin-Madison pianist Christopher Taylor, who won a bronze medal at the 1993 Van Cliburn competition.

Just last Friday night, Taylor (below) turned in an extraordinary performance of the rarely heard Piano Concerto No. 4 by John Field, a piece he learned especially for the concert with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

This week, he is working on the world premiere of American composer William Bolcom’s Piano Quintet No. 2. The big public event and official premiere is this Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the Wisconsin Union Theater, where Taylor and the UW’s Pro Arte String Quartet (below is a photo by Rick Langer) will perform a FREE and PUBLIC concert that features Mozart, Webern and Darius Milhaud (who was Bolcom’s teacher) as well as Bolcom.

The public can also hear Bolcom’s new Piano Quintet…

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Muziek in alle staten! 


Salonen dirigeert Salonen

06.03.2012 – 20:00 | Paleis voor Schone Kunsten

Philharmonia Orchestra © Richard Haughton
We zien hem graag terugkomen, de Finse dirigent en componist Esa-Pekka Salonen. Aan het hoofd van ‘zijn’ prestigieuze Philharmonia Orchestra dirigeert deze grote naam o.m. zijn eigen Vioolconcerto.Info & Tickets


Muziek? YES!

07.03.2012 – 20:00 | Conservatorium

BOZAR MUSIC staat altijd paraat om jong talent te ondersteunen en te promoten. De Young European Singers (YES) maken deel uit van het European Network of Opera Academies (ENOA), waartoe ook de Muziekkapel Koningin Elisabeth behoort. Kom een nieuwe generatie van beloftevolle artiesten ontdekken en maak kennis met de sterren van morgen.

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Capilla Flamenca & Het Collectief

10.03.2012 – 18:00 | Paleis voor Schone Kunsten

 Capilla Flamenca © Miel Pieters De twee Belgische ensembles Capilla Flamenca en Het Collectief bezingen samen de kosmos en roepen de twaalf sterrenbeelden bij elkaar. Ze doen dat door werken uit de XIVe eeuw tegenover Tierkreis van Karlheinz Stockhausen te plaatsen, een reeks van twaalf melodieën, geschreven voor muziekdoos.

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Twee jazzconcerten in één klap!

11.03.2012 – 20:00 | Paleis voor Schone Kunsten

Bojan Z © Barbara Rigo & Robin Verheyen © Patrick Van Vlerken Een dubbelconcert met jazz! Én een evenement van formaat, vermits de Servische pianist Bojan Z aanwezig zal zijn, de man die de jazz verrijkte met Balkanritmes. Na hem volgt de Belgische saxofonist Robin Verheyen, de protégé van Branford Marsalis, die samen met zijn New York Quartet op de planken staat.

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Het Ensemble Intercontemporain

21.03.2012 – 20:00 | Paleis voor Schone Kunsten

Ensemble intercontemporain © Elisabeth Schneider De optredens van het Ensemble Intercontemporain zijn al lang gezaghebbend. Aangezien Pierre Boulez om gezondheidsredenen niet aanwezig kan zijn, is het George Benjamin die de fakkel overneemt. Hij dirigeert een concert dat focust op de seriële muziek en haar erfenis. Op het programma staan werken van Donatoni, Borowski, Schönberg en natuurlijk Boulez.

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Marianne Faithfull zondigt!

29.03.2012 – 20:00 | Paleis voor Schone Kunsten

Marianne Faithfull Na haar vurige vertolking van Shakespeares Sonnets staat Marianne Faithfull weer in het Paleis voor Schone Kunsten. De korrelige stem van de popdiva is nu te horen in Die sieben Todsünden, het meesterwerk van Kurt Weill en Bertolt Brecht. Lever u over aan de geneugten van de ontucht!

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La musique dans tous ses états

Salonen dirige Salonen

06.03.2012 – 20:00 | Palais des Beaux-Arts

Philharmonia Orchestra © Richard Haughton Nous avons le plaisir d’accueillir le compositeur et chef d’orchestre finlandais Esa-Pekka Salonen, l’un des plus grands noms de la scène internationale. Il sera à la tête de son prestigieux Philharmonia Orchestra pour interpréter notamment son propre Concerto pour violon.

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Yes à la musique!

07.03.2012 – 20:00 | Conservatoire

BOZAR MUSIC est toujours heureux de soutenir et promouvoir les jeunes talents. Les Young European Singers, ou YES, sont les élèves d’un réseau d’académies d’opéra (ENOA) dont fait partie la Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth. Venez découvrir en primeur les stars de demain à l’occasion de ce rendez-vous incontournable avec une nouvelle génération d’artistes prometteurs.

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Capilla Flamenca & Het Collectief

10.03.2012 – 18:00 | Palais des Beaux-Arts

Capilla Flamenca © Miel Pieters Deux ensembles belges, Capilla Flamenca et Het Collectief, se penchent en musique sur la symbolique des douze signes du zodiaque, en convoquant des œuvres du XIVe siècle et Tierkreis de Karlheinz Stockhausen, une série de douze mélodies conçues pour boîte à musique.

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Deux concerts pour une soirée de jazz !

11.03.2012 – 20:00 | Palais des Beaux-Arts

Bojan Z © Barbara Rigo & Robin Verheyen © Patrick Van Vlerken Double concert de jazz ! Et double événement puisque le pianiste serbe Bojan Z, qui a intégré au genre les rythmes des Balkans, sera présent. Il sera suivi du saxophoniste belge Robin Verheyen, protégé de Branford Marsalis, qui se produit avec son New York Quartet.Info & Tickets

L’Ensemble Intercontemporain

21.03.2012 – 20:00 | Palais des Beaux-Arts

 Ensemble intercontemporain © Elisabeth Schneider Les prestations de l’Ensemble Intercontemporain font autorité depuis longtemps. Placée sous la direction de George Benjamin, qui a aimablement accepté de remplacer Pierre Boulez – lequel ne pourra être présent pour raison de santé –, la célèbre formation propose un concert centré sur la musique sérielle et son héritage. Au programme : des œuvres de Donatoni, Borowski, Schœnberg et bien entendu, Boulez.

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Marianne Faithfull tombe dans le vice !

29.03.2012 – 20:00 | Palais des Beaux-Arts

 Marianne Faithfull Après avoir embrassé les Sonnets de Shakespeare, Marianne Faithfull revient au Palais des Beaux-Arts. La voix rocailleuse de la rock star s’attaque cette fois aux Sept péchés capitaux, le chef-d’œuvre de Kurt Weill et de Bertolt Brecht. Venez vous adonner aux délices du vice !

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