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.
Get to know the man behind the opera composer Philippe Boesmans, through the testimonies of seven colleagues, friends and artists who were close to him.
“When staging a play by Feydeau, you only laugh the first three days”. Turns out that creating comedy is a serious business. A look behind the scenes of On purge bébé !, with director-librettist Richard Brunel and Mr. and Mrs. Follavoine: Jean-Sébastien Bou and Jodie Devos.
La Monnaie is bringing lasting attention to the war in Ukraine and to its victims through several initiatives this winter.