Opernwelt crowns Marlis Petersen as ‘Singer of the Year’
The authoritative German magazine Opernwelt has released its Jahrbuch 2020. After questioning 50 independent and internationally renowned critics, it takes stock of the past opera season. After awards in 2004, 2010, and 2015, Marlis Petersen,currently performing at La Monnaie in Die tote Stadt, has been proclaimed ‘Sängerin des Jahres’ for the fourth time. Nobody can imitate the German soprano.
Marlis Petersen received her nomination for her “method acting-inspired interpretation of Korngold’s Marietta (and Marie) at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, in addition to that of Salome (Strauss) at the Theater an der Wien. In both cases, the soprano has created role portraits that fascinate by their layering and their existential weight; in short, by an authenticity that almost makes the viewer forget that they are fictional characters.”
Marlis Petersen has been our guest several times since her La Monnaie debut in 2006 as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart). She performed Aphrodite in Henze’s Phaedra (2007), made her debut there as Marguerite de Valois in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots (2011), and sang Leonore in a concert version of Beethoven’s only opera in 2017.
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.