Prestigious Russian opera award for ‘The Tale of Tsar Saltan’
Our new production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical opera The Tale of Tsar Saltanhas won the Casta Diva Award for ‘best European opera event’.
The Casta Diva awards honor the best opera’s in Russian theaters while also handing out a prize for the best production with a Russian artistic team, performed abroad. Our production of The Tale of Tsar Saltan secured this second award, for ‘best European opera event’.
To revalue Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, based on a folk story by Alexander Pushkin, we called upon an artistic team that grew up with the national poet’s tale: with Dmitri Tcherniakov directing, Elena Zaytseva in charge of the colourful costumes and Gleb Filshtinsky providing the impressive video projections. They retell the story of Prince Gvidon as a contemporary family drama, where a mother plays along with the fairy-tale world of her autistic son, in order to communicate with him about the traumatic absence of his father. On stage too, many of the artists were native speakers too, with Svetlana Aksenova as Tsarina Militrisa and Bogdan Volkov as Tsarevich Gvidon. During the Award ceremony, Volkov got to celebrate a second time for his role as Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, which the jury named best co-production of the year.
The Tale of Tsar Saltan can be watched for free on our website until the 19th of April during the La Monnaie Virtual Season. In a few months, we’ll know if this production also manages to secure it’s nomination as ‘Best new production’ at the International Opera Awards.
Bernard Foccroulle awarded an honorary doctorate
On 15 February 2024, KU Leuven and UCLouvain awarded their honorary doctorates. One of the three laureates was Bernard Foccroulle, who headed our opera house for fifteen years and who earlier this season presented the world premiere of his opera Cassandra. This prestigious distinction recognizes his extraordinary contribution to the world of culture and his continued commitment to making art accessible to all.
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.