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December in de Munt

December in de Munt

DE MUNT IS EEN CADEAU

Cadeautip

Schenk een abonnement!

Deel uw passie voor opera en leg een cadeau-abonnement onder de kerstboom. Deze formule bestaat uit vier voorstellingen: drie opera’s en een concert of recital naar keuze. Het abonnement is vanaf 1 december te koop in het bespreekbureau of via de website.

Ontdek al onze formules

OPERA

La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi

SOLD OUT

La Traviata is een van de populairste opera’s uit het repertoire, en nog altijd even betoverend en aangrijpend, met aria’s die als echte ‘hits’ in het collectieve geheugen gegrift staan. In deze nieuwe productie legt de Duitse regisseur Andrea Breth vooral de gevoelens bloot die elk van de personages in dit meesterwerk bezielen. De Hongaar Ádám Fischer heeft opnieuw de leiding over het symfonieorkest van de Munt.

Door het grote succes zijn er geen plaatsen meer beschikbaar voor deze productie. Tip: word een ‘MM Friend‘ en reserveer meteen uw plaatsen voor de andere voorstellingen van het seizoen!

04, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 18, 21, 23, 27, 29 & 31 december 2012 – De Munt

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ROND LA TRAVIATA

1 FILM / 1 ARTIST

Andrea Breth

In het kader van 1 FILM / 1 ARTIST, stelt Andrea Breth de film The Hunter van de Iraanse cineast Rafi Pitts voor. In dit subversief en brandend actueel werk is het hoofdpersonnage een rebel die verstikt wordt door de samenleving. Na de film praat Andrea Breth met Camille De Rijck over de plaats van cinema in haar werk.

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03 december 2012 om 20u00 – GALERIES cinéma

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Happy Sunday!

Maak tijdens deze namiddag kennis met Giuseppe Verdi! De groten kunnen naar de voorstelling van La Traviata gaan kijken, de kleintjes (6-12 jaar) worden verwelkomd in de theaterateliers waar ze kunnen zingen, spelen en dansen op de muziek van de bekende componist.

De Happy Sundays! zijn voorbehouden voor kinderen waarvan een familielid een voorstelling van La Traviata bijwoont.

09 december 2012 om 14u00 – Ateliers van de Munt

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A Stage With a View

Daniel Mendelsohn

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Daniel Mendelsohn is niet weg te denken uit de Amerikaanse intellectuele scène. Zijn beschouwingen verschijnen regelmatig in de befaamde New York Review of Books. We praten met hem over opera, theater en zijn eigen œuvre.

In het Engels

16 december 2012 om 11u00 – De Munt, Grote Foyer

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A Night at the Opera

Sarah Ferri

Kom La Traviata ontdekken in het gezelschap van Sarah Ferri. Een originele avond om kennis te maken met een artieste die tussen jazz en folk vertoeft, een klassieker uit het repertoire te ontdekken en een zanger uit de productie te ontmoeten.

>> Sarah Ferri

21 december 2012 om 18u00 – De Munt

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START TICKETVERKOOP

Manon Lescaut, Lucrezia Borgia & La Dispute

MANON LESCAUT: TICKETS TE KOOP VANAF 1 DECEMBER

  • De ticketverkoop voor Manon Lescaut, onder de muzikale leiding van Carlo Rizzi en in een regie van Mariusz Treliński, start op zaterdag 1 december, online, telefonisch of ter plaatse in het bespreekbureau.

 

LUCREZIA BORGIA & LA DISPUTE: TICKETS TE KOOP VANAF 15 DECEMBER

  • De ticketverkoop voor Lucrezia Borgia van Gaetano Donizetti van de tandem Julian Reynolds/Guy Joosten en voor La Dispute van Benoît Mernier, gedirigeerd door Patrick Davin en in een regie van Karl-Ernst en Ursel Herrmann, start op zaterdag 15 december, online, telefonisch of ter plaatste in het bespreekbureau.

CONCERTANTE OPERA

Die Fledermaus

Johann Strauss II

SOLD OUT

Die Fledermaus is ontegenzeggelijk het magnum opus van Johann Strauss en hét prototype van de Weense operette. Die Fledermaus wordt traditioneel op oudejaarsavond in Wenen opgevoerd. Ádám Fischer, muzikale leiding, en Guy Joosten, enscenering, brengen er ons een Brusselse versie van.

19, 20 & 22 december 2012 om 20u00 – De Munt

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RECITAL

Waltraud Meier

Frauenliebe und -leben

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Een indrukwekkende ontmoeting: zangeres Waltraud Meier komt naar de Munt voor een recital! Met haar stralende mezzostem, charismatische uitstraling en intens natuurlijke spel, is deze zangeres zonder tegenspraak een van de beste vertolksters van het oeuvre van Wagner. Deze unieke en intense avond vindt hier plaats rondom schitterende liederen van Schubert, Schumann en Mahler.

12 december 2012 om 20u00 – De Munt

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CONCERTINI

Concertini

Voor december staan er drie Concertini op het programma. Vergezel ons op deze heerlijke concertjes op vrijdagmiddag.

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Streichquartett d-moll, KV.173 (1787)

Giuseppe Verdi Quartetto per archi in mi minore (1873)

Dmitry Shostakovich Elegy & Polka, op.36 (1931)

Malibran Strijkkwartet

 7 december 2012 – De Munt, Grote Foyer

 

Rond Johann Strauss

Koperkwintet van de Munt

 14 december 2012 – De Munt, Grote Foyer

 

Giovanni Sgambati Quintuor n°1 en fa mineur pour piano,

2 violons, alto et violoncelle, op.4 (1866)

Klavierkwintet van de Munt

21 december 2012 – De Munt, Grote Foyer

 

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DE MUNT RAADT AAN

KERSTCONCERT

Kinder- en jongerenkoren

De drie kinder- en jongerenkoren van de Munt, begeleid door een pianist en een harpiste, brengen ons een moment van muzikale magie. Een absolute must in het hart van Brussel.

16 december 2012 om 15u00 – Kerk van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ten Zavel

Einstein on the Beach

De Nederlandse Opera

Het baanbrekend ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ Einstein on the Beach (1976) van Robert Wilson en Philip Glass wordt in een herziene versie in Amsterdam uitgevoerd. Dit is uw laatste kans om dit unieke werk in Europa te beleven!

Van 5 tot 12 januari 2013 – Het Muziektheater Amsterdam

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December in de Munt.

Summertime @ La Monnaie | De Munt

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Opera on the beach

ON A GIANT SCREEN

La Monnaie will go into summer quarters on the beach in Knokke–Heist!

For four Friday evenings in July and August, La Monnaie will present four of the best opera performances of the season on a giant screen free of charge:

 

Cendrillon Jules Massenet – 13.07.2012

Rusalka Antonín Dvořák – 27.07.2012

Orlando George Frideric Handel – 10.08.2012

Il Trovatore Giuseppe Verdi – 24.08.2012

 

13 & 27 July, 10 & 24 August at 9pm – Rox Ambassadors Plaza, Knokke-Heist beach near the Heldenplein

Free entry

IL TROVATORE ON SCREEN

  • As part of the ‘Viva l’Opera’ showings at UGC, Il Trovatore will be broadcast live at UGC De Brouckère and Toison d’Or cinemas on 6 July at 7.45pm.
  • The full performance of Il Trovatore will be available for free on our website from 7 to 27 July.
  • On 24 August at 9pm, Il Trovatore will be shown on a giant screen on the Knokke-Heist beach.

OPERA

Passion

Pascal Dusapin & Sasha Waltz

The season opens with the Belgian premiere of this production, which was acclaimed by audiences during its world premiere at Théatre des Champs-Elysées. Composer Pascal Dusapin and choreographer Sasha Waltz invite you to an encounter in the world of the dead, between two beings who had lived an impossible love. Passion calls upon dance through ‘movements of the soul’ which bring to life the vibrant and sensual lamento sung by Her and Him. Pascal Dusapin has asked choreographer Sasha Waltz to stage Passion, with the extraordinary singers Barbara Hannigan and Georg Nigl, as well as the dancers from the Sasha Waltz & Guests company.

View the trailer

30 & 31 August, 04 & 05 September 2012 at 8pm, 02 September 2012 at 3pm – La Monnaie

More information

Tickets

 

Meet the Artist – Pascal Dusapin

10 September 2012 at 6.30pm – La Monnaie

MUSICAL THEATRE

O Mensch!

Pascal Dusapin

A lieder cycle created for Georg Nigl by Pascal Dusapin based on several extracts from texts of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Interview Pascal Dusapin

10 September 2012 at 8pm – La Monnaie

DANCE

EN ATENDANT & CESENA

ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER

Two memorable performances by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker performed in the setting of Villers-la-Ville abbey. These two echoing works will once again find the natural lighting which prevailed during their premieres at the Avignon Festival. En Atendant will be performed at dawn, and Cesena, at dusk. In both of these works, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker continues her exploration of the Ars Subtilior. A dance performance not to be missed at the end of the summer!

View the trailer from En Atendant

View the trailer from Cesena

31 August, 01 & 02 September 2012 at 5.20am and at 7pm – Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville

 

Tickets En Atendant

Tickets Cesena

Super Saturday – FAMILY EVENT

Before watching the performance of En Atendant, we invite you to enjoy an original afternoon of guided tours of the Villers-la-Ville site, as well as dance, singing and garden scents workshops!

01 September 2012 from 2pm – Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville

CONCERT

A midsummer night’s dream – Jérémie Rhorer

Tickets

Jérémie Rhorer will conduct La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra once again in a rarely performed work by Mendelssohn inspired by the comedy by William Shakespeare.

12 & 13 September 2012 at 8pm – La Monnaie

Matthäus Passion – René Jacobs

31 August 2012 at 8pm – Centre for Fine Arts

Tickets

Singing Garden – Hosokawa & Vivaldi

Tickets

07 September 2012 at 8pm – La Monnaie

 

4 Seasons 4 Elements – Rebel & Vivaldi

Tickets

08 September 2012 at 8pm – La Monnaie

CONCERTINI

KLARAFESTIVAL

The 2012–2013 Concertini season will begin in the month of September with a series of concerts as part of the KlaraFestival – a festival of spirituality and nature, heaven and earth.

From 31 August to 14 September 2012

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LA MONNAIE RECOMMENDS…

THE GARDEN AT VILLERS-LA-VILLE ABBEY

The dance season at La Monnaie begins in the magical atmosphere of Villers-la-Ville Abbey. This summer, a mediaeval garden will be inaugurated, with four original guided tours for you to enjoy in this enchanting setting.

06 & 15 July and 05 & 29 August 2012 – Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville

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Summertime!.

(Re)découvrez | (Her)ontdek Sasha Waltz

(Re)découvrez | (Her)ontdek Sasha Waltz

CONTINU

Sasha Waltz & Guests

Etant que spectateur de le Monnaie, Sasha Waltz n’est pas une inconnue pour vous. En 2008, la Monnaie a présenté sa première production d’opéra Dido & Aeneas (Purcell), en 2010 sa mise en scène de Medea (Dusapin) et la saison dernière Matsukaze (Hosokawa).

 

Pour le dernier rendez-vous danse de la saison, la Monnaie vous invite à retrouver Sasha Waltz. La chorégraphe allemande développe avec Continu une œuvre spectaculaire pour 24 danseurs en reprenant des propositions qu’elle a conçues au cours des dernières années pour des musées, le Neues Museum à Berlin et le MAAXI à Rome. Une mise en mouvements impressionnante des relations entre le groupe et l’individu, entre deux individus dans le couple, entre le couple et le groupe, et entre des individus dans un groupe. Une mise en espace tout en contrastes où dominent le noir et le blanc, et quelques traces de rouge…

 

19, 20 & 21 juin 2012 à 20h15 – Théâtre National

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CONTINU

Sasha Waltz & Guests

Als toeschouwer van de Munt is Sasha Waltz geen onbekende voor u. In 2008 haalde de Munt haar eerste operaregie Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) naar Brussel, in 2010 haar enscenering van Medea (Dusapin) en vorig seizoen Matsukaze (Hosokawa).

 

Voor de laatste dansvoorstelling van het seizoen, nodigt de Munt u opnieuw uit voor een voorstelling van Sasha Waltz. Met Continu creëert de Duitse choreografe een spectaculaire voorstelling voor 24 dansers uit dansfrases die ze de laatste jaren voor diverse museumprojecten ontwikkelde – onder meer voor het Neues Museum in Berlijn en voor het MAAXI in Rome. Ze herwerkte deze tot een indrukwekkend onderzoek naar de relaties tussen het individu en de groep, tussen twee individuen binnen het koppel, tussen het koppel en de groep en tussen individuen binnen de groep. In de ruimtelijke scenografie domineert het contrast tussen zwart en wit, met enkele sporen van rood.

 

19, 20 & 21 juni 2012 om 20u15 – Théâtre National

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(Re)découvrez | (Her)ontdek Sasha Waltz.

June at La Monnaie

OPERA

Il Trovatore

Giuseppe Verdi

Last Tickets

Whether it be Moscow or Paris, Madrid or Amsterdam, Aix-en-Provence, Berlin or Munich, in recent years the young Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov has been amazing audiences with his surprising, stimulating and unexpected approach to the opera repertoire. With his astonishing talent he is able to persuade even the greatest sceptics that opera still remains a relevant art form in the present day. He has dreamt of staging Il Trovatore for a long time. La Monnaie is now offering him the chance to give shape to this dark chronicle of tragic love, jealousy and revenge. We cannot escape our oppressive memories and nightmares. After Last season’s Les Huguenots, Marc Minkowksi will once again be conducting our orchestra in this very promising production.

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

Meet the Artist – Dmitri Tcherniakov

Don’t miss this meeting with the director Dmitri Tcherniakov, who continues to amaze with his original interpretations of works, which he presents in the greatest opera houses. This is an exceptional occasion to hear this Russian artist speak, in a conversation with Peter de Caluwe about his career, his artistic world and his recent productions.

In russian, with live translation into French

09 June 2012 at 3 pm – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

A Stage with a View – Anna Enquist

In connection with Il Trovatore, Anna Enquist is coming to Brussels for a conversation about her recent work and themes that play a major part in both her novels and Verdi’s opera: parental love, passion and abandonment. In 1994 the Dutch novelist, psychoanalyst and poet published her successful first novel Het Meesterstuk (The Masterpiece), a passionate novel of artists and families inspired by Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

In collaboration with Het beschrijf

24 June 2012 at 11 am – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

A Night at the Opera with Kiss & drive

And what happens when jealousy is inseparably linked to passion, revenge and betrayal?

Together with Elisabetta from Kiss & Drive, witness the terrible tragedy in the family of the Count di Luna. All this takes place in three stages: a ‘before’ as an introduction to this Verdi masterpiece and to get to know Tcherniakov’s world, the opera performance itself, and a lively ‘after’ with Kiss & Drive and one of the singers from the production.

An evening reserved for under-30s, at only €20!

Kiss & Drive on Myspace

26 June 2012 at 6 pm – La Monnaie

OPERA IS EVERYWHERE!

IL TROVATORE ON THE SCREEN

  • Under the heading ‘Viva l’Opera’, at 8 pm on 6 July the UGC will be showing a live broadcast of Il Trovatore in the UGC cinemas at De Brouckère and Toison d’Or.
  • This opera production can also be seen live on the Mezzo television channel on 15 June.
  • Il Trovatore can be watched in full for free on our website from 7 to 27 July.
  • Also make a note of this date: at 9 pm on 24 August Il Trovatore will be broadcast on the beach at Knokke-Heist. More info will be available soon on our website!

DANCE

Continu

Sasha Waltz

Tickets

For its last dance performance of the season, La Monnaie has programmed an ambitious piece of choreography by Sasha Waltz, to music by three great twentieth-century composers: Edgar Varèse, Iannis Xenakis and Claude Vivier. She has adapted them into an impressive study of the relationships between the individual and the group, between the two individuals that make up a couple, between the couple and the group and between the individuals in the group. The contrast between black and white, with a few traces of red, dominates the stage setting.

Watch the trailer here!

19, 20 & 21 June 2012 – Théâtre National

RECITAL

Gerald Finley

Winterreise

Tickets

A winter trip at the start of summer? Winterreise is a unique cycle of 24 songs that Schubert created from poems by Wilhelm Müller. Its indisputable quality makes this cycle a lasting reference for all the composers who came after him and set poetry to music. Müller’s cycle evokes solitude, a snow-covered landscape, an impossible love, and also death, a dangerous travelling companion. Several months before his death, Schubert composed some truly irresistible melodies that give these poems an apt and uncomfortable perspective. The baritone Gerald Finley and the pianist Julius Drake will perform this moving cycle.

20 June 2012 at 8 pm – La Monnaie

START OF TICKET SALES

SEASON 2012-2013

TICKETS ON SALE FROM 2 JUNE

The tickets for the first productions of the new season – Pascal Dusapin’s Passion and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Cesena and En Atendant – are on sale from Saturday 2 June, on the internet, by telephone or at the box office.

CONCERTINI

Concertini

Come and listen to the laureats of the Queen Elizabeth Competition (violin) in our sumptuous Grand Foyer.

1, 6, 7 & 8 June 2012 at 12.30 pm – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

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June at La Monnaie.

Autour de | Rond Orlando

Autour de | Rond Orlando

Orlando furioso

Muziektheater Transparant

Tickets

Cher spectateur,

 

Vous avez récemment apprécié Orlando de Haendel à la Monnaie.

 

Dans le prolongement de cette production, la Monnaie vous propose également Orlando furioso : un oratorio contemporain basé sur la même histoire, mais composé par Jan Van Outryve d’après des œuvres d’Antonio Vivaldi. Ce spectacle d’une heure est destiné en priorité aux jeunes ! Il y sera question des grands idéaux de l’homme et de son désir d’amour dans un contexte fait d’âpres guerres de religion et de déclin social.

 

Il s’agit probablement d’une occasion unique d’emmener les jeunes à la Monnaie : vos enfants, vos petits-enfants ou des jeunes de votre entourage en quête des nouvelles inspirations. Venez découvrir un spectacle dont vous profiterez tous !

 

Orlando furioso raconte l’histoire du chevalier Orlando.

 

Orlando voit son meilleur ami mourir sou ses yeux au cours d’une bataille sanglante. Il veut en finir avec les horreurs de la guerre. Il part à la recherche de sa bien-aimée Angelica. Elle l’attend sur une île où la séductrice Alcina fait tourner la tête à tous les hommes. Mais elle lui cache son amour pour le soldat blessé Medoro. Quand Orlando découvre cela, il devient enragé et la folie le frappe sans pitié.

 

Donnez-moi mère,

Né par amour

Donnez-moi votre souffrance.

 

Spectacle accessible dès 12 ans. 20 €.

10 mai 2012 à 20h00 – La Monnaie

Beste Muntbezoeker,
 

U genoot onlangs zelf van Orlando van Handel in de Munt.

 

In het verlengde daarvan brengt de Munt binnenkort Orlando furioso: een hedendaags oratorium op hetzelfde verhaal gebaseerd maar met muziek van Jan Van Outryve naar werken van Antonio Vivaldi en in een compacte versie van 1 uur, speciaal voor jongeren en adolescenten!

 

Een verhaal over grote idealen en het verlangen van liefde tegen de achtergrond van bittere religieuze oorlogen en maatschappelijk verval.

 

Misschien is dit een unieke gelegenheid om eens jongeren mee te nemen naar de Munt : kinderen, kleinkinderen of jongeren die u wenst te inspireren. Het wordt alvast een voorstelling waar u beide van zal genieten.

 

Orlando furioso vertelt het verhaal van de ridder Orlando. Orlando ziet in een bloederige veldslag zijn beste vriend voor zijn ogen sterven en keert de verschrikkingen van de oorlog de rug toe. Hij gaat op zoek naar Angelice op wie hij hopeloos verliefd is. Zij wacht op hem op een eiland waar de verleidster Alcina alle mannen het hoofd op hol brengt. Angelice verzwijgt echter haar liefde voor de gewonde soldaat Medoro. Wanneer Orlando dit ontdekt, wordt hij razend en slaat de waanzin genadeloos toe.

 

Geef me moeder,

Uit liefde geboren

Geef mij uw pijn.

 

Voorstelling toegankelijk vanaf 12 jaar. € 20.

10 mei 2012 om 20u00 – De Munt

A STAGE WITH A VIEW

Tariq Ali

A Stage with a View

Tickets

Jacques De Decker s’entretient avec l’éminent romancier pakistano-britannique Tariq Ali de son travail récent d’écrivain et de commentateur engagé de la politique mondiale. De ce point de vue, il éclaire d’un jour nouveau la fascinante figure d’Orlando, tirée de l’épopée de l’Arioste et de l’opéra de Haendel : un guerrier « européen » en quête de son identité, tiraillé entre le devoir et la passion, la raison et la folie, la haine et l’amour.

En collaboration avec Het Beschrijf. Rencontre en anglais.

06 mai 2012 à 11h00 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

 

 

Jacques De Decker praat met de prominente Pakistaans-Britse Tariq Ali over zijn recente werk als romanschrijver en als gedreven commentator van de wereldpolitiek. Van daaruit laat hij zijn licht schijnen over de fascinerende figuur van Orlando, uit het epos van Ariosto en de opera van Handel: een ‘Europese’ krijger op zoek naar identiteit, verscheurd tussen plicht en passie, rede en waanzin, haat en verliefdheid.

In samenwerking met Het Beschrijf. Ontmoeting in het Engels.

06 mei 2012 om 11u00 – De Munt, Grote Foyer

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Autour de | Rond Orlando.

May at La Monnaie

May at La Monnaie

OPERA

Orlando

George Frideric Handel

SOLD OUT

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 young ensemble B’Rock and their period instruments.

28 April, 02, 04, 06, 09 & 11 May 2012 – La Monnaie

A Stage with a View – Tariq Ali

Jacques De Decker speaks with distinguished British Pakistani writer Tariq Ali about his recent work as a novelist and political critic. From this point of view, he sheds new light on the fascinating character of Orlando, taken from Ariosto’s epic and Handel’s opera: a ‘European’ warrior in search of his identity, torn between duty and passion, reason and madness, hatred and love.

In cooperation with Het beschrijf. Meeting in English.

06 May 2012 at 11am – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

A Night at the Opera with Sioen

Are you under age 30? Do you have a Go!pera card? Spend an original evening at the opera with Sioen, the young rock singer from Ghent, who will take you on a discovery of Handel’s Orlando.

Two-part evening with performance for only €20!

09 May 2012 at 5pm – La Monnaie

PROJECT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Orlando furioso

Muziektheater Transparant

Two major figures in Italian culture have inspired the Muziektheater Transparant team in particular to create Orlando Furioso. From Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, scenographer Wouter Van Looy chose the story of Orlando’s return and imagined a new scenario. Based on Vivaldi’s work, Jan Van Outryve created a contemporary composition for two singers and a surprising instrumental ensemble. The result is a modern oratorio intended above all for an adolescent audience, which speaks of the great ideals of man and his desire for love in a bitter context of religious wars and social decline.

Performance for young people aged 12 and over.

10 May 2012 at 8pm – La Monnaie

OPERA STREAMING

ORLANDO

From 12 May until 1 June, the full performance of Orlando will be available for free on our website.

With the support of MMChannel patrons.

OPERA IN CONCERT

Otello

Gioachino Rossini

SOLD OUT

Expert in subtleties and refinement, Italian conductor Evelino Pidò brings us a little-known opera by Rossini for his debut with La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra. The participation of soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci adds an even bigger dimension to this event.

29 April & 03 May 2012 – La Monnaie

CONCERT

London Symphony Orchestra

Bartók, Szymanowski, Debussy, Skryabin

These two concerts by the London Symphony Orchestra showcase a particularly rich period in the history of music from the beginning of the 20th century, when Claude Debussy was a forerunner in the exploration of sound. Permeated by a deep spiritual force, the works on the programme are intense and poetic, reflecting a special musical universe.

 

Due to problems with his vision, Pierre Boulez will be replaced by Peter Eötvös – a close friend of his – for both concerts, with no changes.

03 & 04 May 2012 – Centre for Fine Arts

Pastorale

Schumann & Beethoven

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 is without a doubt one of his most popular works. The titles and descriptive music of the five movements speak to the imagination, as does the orchestral apparatus, which was prodigious for the time. The thematically structured Violin Concerto was written by Schumann in his prime, and despite its intrinsic qualities, this concerto is still rarely performed today. Ludovic Morlot, La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Zehetmair bring us a captivating programme.

12 May 2012 at 8pm – Centre for Fine Arts

EUROPEAN OPERA DAY

OPEN DOOR DAY

12 MAY 2012 – FREE

Come and celebrate La Monnaie and opera during European Opera Day!

Enjoy an afternoon of exceptional moments in our opera house and discover what is behind the scenes! Follow our guides in the theatre and workshops, take part in our treasure hunt, watch a new film and become a member of La Monnaie Chorus, with two unique chances to meet Peter de Caluwe, general director, and Scott Hendrickx, a well-known baritone on our stage (Macbeth, Salome and shortly Il Trovatore).

12 May 2012 – La Monnaie

CONCERTINI

CONCERTINI

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

 

Come and enjoy these lunch-hour concerts and meet the musicians and other chamber music lovers who share your passion!

 

On the programme for the month of May:

 

Karol Szymanowski Mythes, pour violon et piano, op.30 (1915)
Claude Debussy Sonate en sol mineur pour violon et piano (1916-1917)
Tatiana Samouil (vl), Rostislav Krimer (pf)

4 May 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

Works by Joseph Jongen, Béla Bartók & Zoltán Kodály

La Monnaie Children’s Chorus

Denis Menier (conductor)

11 May 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

On the theme of  Giuseppe Verdi
La Monnaie Brass Quintet

18 May 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

Works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven
Martino Faggiani (pf)

25 May 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

 

Winners of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition (violin)

 

30 & 31 May 2012 – La Monnaie, Grand Foyer

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Orlando furioso – Musical Theatre

Orlando furioso – Musical Theatre

Orlando furioso

Muziektheater Transparant

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Un oratorio moderne, destiné en priorité aux adolescents, qui discute des grands idéaux de l’homme et de ses désirs d’amour dans un contexte amer fait de guerres de religion et de déclin social.

 

Deux figures majeures de la culture italienne ont particulièrement inspiré l’équipe du Muziektheater Transparant pour concevoir Orlando furioso. De l’Orlando de Ludovico Ariosto, le scénographe Wouter Van Looy a extrait le récit du retour d’Orlando pour imaginer un nouveau scénario. À partir de l’œuvre de Vivaldi, Jan Van Outryve a créé une composition contemporaine destinée à deux chanteurs ainsi qu’à un ensemble instrumental surprenant.

Spectacle accessible dès 12 ans.

10 mai 2012 à 20h00 – La Monnaie

Een hedendaags oratorium, speciaal bestemd voor adolescenten, over grote idealen en het verlangen naar liefde tegen de achtergrond van bittere religieuze oorlogen en maatschappelijk verval.

 

Twee grote figuren uit de Italiaanse cultuur inspireerden Muziektheater Transparant voor Orlando furioso. Wouter Van Looy koos uit het meesterwerk van Ludovico Ariosto het verhaal van de thuiskomst van Orlando en bouwde hierrond een nieuw scenario. Jan Van Outryve liet zich inspireren door het oeuvre van Antonio Vivaldi. Hij bewerkte het tot een hedendaagse compositie voor twee zangers en een verrassend ensemble. Op de teksten van Ariosto schreef hij daarnaast nieuwe muziek die het geheel de vorm geven van een hedendaags oratorium.

Voorstelling toegankelijk vanaf 12 jaar.

10 mei 2012 om 20u00 – De Munt

SAVE THE DATE

12 MAY – EUROPEAN OPERA DAY

Venez fêter la Monnaie et l’art lyrique lors de la prochaine Journée européenne de l’Opéra, le 12 mai prochain !

Tout au long de l’après-midi, faufilez-vous dans les couloirs de votre Maison d’opéra afin d’en découvrir l’envers du décor et d’y vivre des moments exceptionnels ! Suivez nos guides dans le théâtre et les Ateliers ou devenez-le lors de notre grand jeu de piste, assistez à la projection du film inédit Les héros de l’Ombre et devenez membre du Chœur de la Monnaie lors de deux moments uniques à vivre en marge de rencontres avec Peter de Caluwe, directeur général et Scott Hendrickx, bariton bien connu de notre scène.

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Kom met ons meefeesten in de Munt naar aanleiding van de Europese Dag van de Opera op 12 mei!

De hele namiddag kan u ronddwalen in de gangen van uw operahuis, de wondere wereld van de opera ontdekken en onvergetelijke momenten beleven. Volg onze gidsen in het theater en in de ateliers of ontdek zelf het operahuis dankzij een groot zoekspel, bekijk de nooit eerder vertoonde film Les héros de l’Ombre over het leven achter de schermen, leer het nieuwe seizoen kennen tijdens een ontmoeting met algemeen directeur Peter de Caluwe of ontmoet Scott Hendrickx, een graag geziene bariton op onze scène.

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Orlando furioso – Musical Theatre.

B’Rock debuts in de Munt/la Monnaie

B’Rock debuts in de Munt/la Monnaie

B’Rock in the press
Following our debut on the Telemann Festtage in Magdeburg (With timpani and trumpets!), B’Rock was reviewed positively in the international press:
‘What a closing concert! Consistently stylish, elegant and with a unique peculiar sound (…) Rodolfo Richter played Telemann’s atmospheric music with a well balanced temperament and intelligent wit.’VOLKSSTIMME 20.03.2012

‘Watching an orchestra like this perform, one realizes that a conductor with a baton would be completely obsolete. Richter led his colleagues as first violinist, with precise bowings, subtlety and an eye for detail.’DAG OG TID 30.03.2012


B’Rock debuts in de Munt/la Monnaie

This week baroque orchestra B’Rock, led by René Jacobs, debuts in de Munt/la Monnaie. In the ‘Operahouse of the Year’, they are invited for ‘Orlando‘ of G.F. Haendel. The use of period instruments conducted by the great Haendel expert and baroque specialist René Jacobs goes hand in hand with the contemporary interpretation of stage director Pierre Audi.
Handel wrote this ‘opera seria in tre atti’ for only five soloists when he was at the height of his opera career. The libretto tells the story of Orlando (Bejun Mehta), who is desperately in love with the pagan princess Angelica (Sophie Karthäuser), who is in turn in love with an African prince; in this hopeless situation Orlando is driven to madness from which only the magician Zoroastro (Konstantin Wollf) can save him.

World première on the 19th of April in de Munt/la Monnaie in Brussels.
Performances until the 11th of May. More info…


Orlando in audio and video…
*Check out the video and photo website of de Munt/La Monnaie: MyMM
*Radio broadcasting: on Klara (28/04) and Musiq’3 (13/05)
*Video broadcasting: on Mezzo HD (26/04, 19:00)
*Follow Orlando on Facebook: Become friends with B’Rock and/or Like de Munt/la Monnaie…

More Orlando in the Munt…
Check out the side programs of the Munt, related to Orlando:
*A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: special ticket formula for young people under the age of 30.
*INSIDE THE MUSIC: Meeting with René Jacobs, who gives some insight into the scores.
*A STAGE WITH A VIEW: Lecture by the Pakistan/British writer Tariq Ali about the ‘Orlando’ figure.

B’rock | ezine.

Orlando @ La Monnaie | De Munt

Full-throated Baroque

Fresh from reheasals for the new production of Orlando at La Monnaie, renowned Belgian conductor René Jacobs talks to The Bulletin about the heights, depths and beautiful byways of Baroque music

With their mythological characters and interminable plots, Handel’s operas seem aeons away from our modern sensibilities. And yet we seem to be having a love affair with this podgy German émigré who took the London music world by storm in the first half of the 18th century. Or not so much with the man as with his music, an inexhaustible trove of rousing choruses and gorgeous, hummable arias.

“Handel is a superstar,” says conductor René Jacobs. “Like Rossini, he wrote singers’ opera, a big hit with people who love beautiful singing. Then there’s the exoticism of the high voice – he composed a lot for castrati. The mere mention of his name on an opera programme these days almost guarantees that tickets will sell out fast.”

Jacobs should know: he has performed in and conducted dozens of Handel’s works and is at it again this month with a new production of Orlando at La Monnaie. Our meeting takes place after an early rehearsal with the singers and Pierre Audi, the French-Lebanese director who has devised the bold, modern staging. Most conductors step in a few weeks later, when the orchestra starts to be involved, but Jacobs, a fastidious perfectionist, makes a point of attending all rehearsals. “Orlando is one of Handel’s top five operas, and he wrote forty,” he says, visibly tired after the day’s work but relaxed and friendly. “He seems to have given it his very best, perhaps because it’s the last one he composed for the famous castrato Senesino. It’s part tragedy, part comedy – but comedy in the good sense; the kind that you get in the Mozart and Da Ponte operas, where you laugh – or smile, rather – but with a bitter edge.”

It is for Mozart that Jacobs is probably best known these days; he has recently recorded a much-lauded series of the composer’s operas on the Harmonia Mundi record label. His home turf, however, is the Baroque repertoire. He was part of a handful of musicians, several of them Flemish, who spearheaded its rediscovery in the 1960s and 1970s and resuscitated historic sounds and performance techniques.

This will be his first stab at Orlando as a conductor, though he did sing the main role once back in his days as a countertenor. He switched to full-time conducting in the 1980s but the singer in him remains strong: an exacting conductor of voices, he usually works with a small group of hand-picked soloists who share his high technical standards and interest in text – and who are willing to put up with his notorious tantrums. The countertenor Bejun Mehta and the sopranos Sophie Karthäuser and Sunhae Im, who will perform the main roles here, are straight out of his stable of young protégés. This will be his first collaboration with both Audi and B’Rock, the young and energetic Belgian ensemble that will join him in the pit.

Orlando is the story of a man who falls into a jealous fury when he hears that the woman he loves is in love with someone else. He goes off on a rampage, forgets who he is and mistakes people for what they’re not until he is finally brought back to his senses by a wise old magician. Eighteenth-century Londoners would have been familiar with this swashbuckling romp, a free reworking of Ariosto’s Renaissance epic Orlando Furioso that was very much in the collective psyche at the time. “Many composers wrote operas about the story of Orlando,” says Jacobs, who recently revived another one, Haydn’s lovely Orlando Paladino. Part of the appeal may well have been the formal freedom that the theme of madness allowed. Even Handel, who most of the time adhered to a strict compositional style, produced some astonishingly unfettered music in one famous scene.

Jacobs, too, will give his imagination free rein. That’s what he always does: an avid researcher who’s extremely well informed about period practices and composers’ views, he sees it as his musical duty to bring in more instruments, add ornaments and generally rough up the letter of a score, always in order to reveal its deeper spirit. It’s a maximalist approach that has earned him a fair amount of criticism, mostly from Britain and the US. But to most people who’ve listened to his CDs or heard him live, it feels utterly refreshing.

“Baroque opera,” he tells me, “gives more freedom than later opera. In the nineteenth century, everything, down to the smallest detail, was written down. Wagner wasn’t counting on performers to add their creativity to his. He saw himself as a god, and you can’t add anything to God’s creation. But that wasn’t at all the case in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century opera, which is why I find this kind of music more modern and more democratic.”

Jacobs grew up in 1950s Ghent. Around the time he started singing in the boys’ choir of Saint Bavo’s cathedral, he had his first encounter with the world of theatre. His father, a shy hardware store owner, gave him a miniature theatre he’d built himself, complete with puppets and booklets containing stories to act out. The toy soon became the centre of young René’s universe. He bought more puppets and invented more stories, enlisting the help of his two younger sisters. Later, he studied classics at Ghent University mostly to please his parents, who insisted he get a ‘real’ degree. “I plunged into Greek tragedy,” he remembers. “At the time, I thought none of this made much sense – all I wanted to do was music. But now I am glad I did. Everything in opera goes back to that.”Today, he is largely a product of those early influences: a consummate musician, a dyed-in-the-wool theatre man and a classical scholar who sets extremely high standards for himself and others. One thing that saddens him is “the lack of culture of today’s opera-goers. I’m afraid,” he sighs, “that in a couple of generations there won’t be anyone in the audience who’s read Homer – not even in translation!”

It is one of Jacobs’ poignant ironies that, in spite of all the mounting honours and acclaim, he seems to feel increasingly misunderstood and isolated. Not many people, for instance, share his interest in libretti and recitatives. “I am not against cuts,” he says, “but they need to be done properly. When I see the way some directors cut recitatives in the middle of a line or by moving lines around, it makes me think of an inept surgeon bungling an operation, where the patient bleeds to death!”

He seems disappointed by the conservative turn the music world is taking, and also by the fact that Baroque music, by becoming mainstream, has lost some of its edge. Although he’s not nostalgic for the clunky sounds and foggy tunings of early Baroque revival orchestras, he does miss that exciting time of discovery when he could unearth operas by Cavalli or Scarlatti and have them performed and recorded. “Handel is all well and good,” he says, “but it is getting harder to propose works that aren’t already part of the repertoire. Baroque opera is becoming popular and that’s a good thing. But there’s a danger that we’ll end up always hearing the same pieces.”

I seem to have caught him in a gloomy mood, but if his plans after Orlando are anything to go by, he should soon be back to his ebullient and adventurous self. First he’ll be off to Berlin to perform Emilio de Cavalieri’s La Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo, an extraordinary musical allegory believed to be the first opera ever composed. Then he’ll be overseeing the release of his CD La Finta Giardiniera, the latest in his Mozart series, for which he has used a late and little-known version of the score that “Mozart would have been happy with”. The next time we will see him in Brussels will be in September, when he conducts Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion at the Klarafestival. This is the piece that first persuaded him to become a musician when he sang it as a child in Ghent. He will be leading his beloved Akademie für alte Musik Berlin and Rias Kammerchor, a 36-strong choir with a crisp and shimmering sound.

Some musicologists and performers argue for the use of four, or at the most, eight, choristers in Bach’s Passions as more authentic, but Jacobs won’t hear of it. “That may have been what Bach did, but is that what he wanted? I think not: he was always pleading for more means and more singers. And he wasn’t alone: many of his contemporaries expressed similar ideas, although no one put it as sweetly as Benedetto Marcello, who wrote in a preface to some his own cantatas, ‘God is happy with a small gift. But of course, he prefers a bigger one.’” I have checked the quote and the actual phrasing is a little different. But Jacobs captured its spirit just right.

 

PERFORMANCES

René Jacobs conducts Handel’s opera ‘Orlando’ at La Monnaie

April 19-May 11

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April at La Monnaie

April at La Monnaie

OPERA

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

Free

OPERA

Orlando

George Frideric Handel

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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

€6

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ON THE THEME OF ORLANDO DURING THE MONTH OF MAY:

OPERA STREAMING

RUSALKA

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

THANKS TO MY EYES

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

BOOKING OPEN

Il Trovatore

Giuseppe Verdi

BOOKING OPENS ON 28 APRIL

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.

Would you like to purchase your tickets before then? Become an ‘MM Friend‘ and book your tickets now!

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

DANCE

Drumming

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

CONCERT

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

RECITAL

Christianne Stotijn & Inon Barnatan

Gaspard de la nuit

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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

CONCERTINI

CONCERTINI

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

SAVE THE DATE

12 MAY 2012

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

More information soon on our website.

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