La Gioconda is one of those forgotten nineteenth century masterpieces: a grand drama with six leading roles, huge choral parts and a spectacular ballet... La Monnaie brings this all too rarely performed jewel of Italian ‘grande opera’. Not to be missed!
“If a piece is long, arduous, violent, sombre and hasn’t been performed for at least one-and-a-half years, they call up Olivier Py.” The French stage director surely sees the humour in it all. Truth is, his intense, timeless productions have been a major contribution to the reappraisal of the French ‘grand opéra’. In this video portrait, Py reveals his artistic credo and looks back on his previous stagings at La Monnaie.
A constant certainty for every French grand opéra: its impressive ballet scenes! Les Huguenots is - fortunately - no exception. Follow our dancers and choreographer Daniel Izzo as they prepare their contemporary choreography with a poetic-macabre touch.
An overwhelming mass spectacle that keeps you glued to your seat for five hours with its historical tableaux, ballets, choral scenes, musical inventiveness, and intense drama and romance: Les Huguenots is, without a doubt, one of the greatest blockbusters in the entire history of opera. In 2011, La Monnaie helped its revival with a successful production that you can now rediscover.
In Mystery Sonatas / for Rosa, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker plunges into the mysterious Rosary Sonatas by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. A brave choice — as the cycle is rarely, if ever, performed in full.