To celebrate the upcoming revival at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, recording group Outherejust released La Monnaie’s award-winning production of Jakob Lenzon dvd.
In 2015, Wolfgang Rihm’s unsettling opera adaptation of Georg Büchner’s novella Lenz proved an unexpected hit for the Staatsoper Stuttgart and La Monnaie, as more than 50 opera journalists from around the world elected it Production of the Year in the reference magazine Opernwelt. The fact that a chamber opera for three protagonists and barely twelve musicians, written in the late seventies by a composer then 26 years old, found unanimous praise among professional critics, was due to the synergy between three exceptional artists: stage director Andrea Breth and conductor Franck Ollu created from the psychodrama of the romantic poet Jakob Lenz, the spectre of a modernity abandoned by the gods and devoid of meaning. In the lead role, baritone Georg Nigl did not spare himself, voice and body alike, and with the total, almost disturbing commitment of his performance, earned himself the title of Opera Singer of the Year. In September he returns to Brussels for the lead role in Macbeth Underworld.
La Monnaie wins Oper! Award for 'Best Future Project'
On 29 January, the National Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam hosted the 2024 Oper! Awards. La Monnaie was there to receive the award for 'Best Future Project', for its innovative sustainability policy. For almost 23 years, we have been dedicated to reducing the impact of our activities on the environment, a commitment we have intensified with the launch of our 'Green Opera' programme in 2020.
Emmanuel Trenque made Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
On 12 December, at the Résidence de France, François Sénémaud, the French ambassador to Belgium, presented the insignia of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres to Emmanuel Trenque, in the presence of his family and friends, the mayor of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, and the artists and staff of La Monnaie.