On 8 March, the very first opera of the US composer Mark Grey will be created at La Monnaie : Frankenstein. The original novel by Mary Shelley is brought to the stage by La Fura dels Baus in an impressive sci-fi setting. The Catalan collective has previous been invited to La Monnaie for Le Grand Macabre, Œdipe and Un ballo in maschera.
With the world premiere of ‘Frankenstein’, the first opera of Mark Grey is finally coming to life. We sat down with the American composer and sound engineer, discussing his interpretation of Mary Shelley's famous science fiction novel. How did he and director Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus) manage to transport the centuries-old creature to the present day (and even the distant future)?
Ian Bostridge has been singing Schubert’s Winterreise for three decades. He explains why he agreed to approach a work he knows so intimately through the dark mirror of Hans Zender’s ‘composed interpretation’.
In anticipation of his return to Brussels for an orchestral version of Schubert's Winterreise, learn more about Sir Antonio Pappano and the lasting impact of his term as Music Director of the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra (1992-2002).
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra was established 250 years ago. Who better to highlight in celebration of this anniversary than the artists in the dark? We invited clarinetist Ricardo Matarredona to discuss life as it is in the orchestra, his favourite solo (spoiler: it's Wagner) and the moment that always gives him ghostbumps in the pit.