ATTENTION! The announced SNCB-NMBS strike will severely disrupt train traffic from December 5 (10 p.m.) to December 7 (10 p.m.). We ask you to take this into account if you are attending one of our performances in the coming days and to prepare your route to and from La Monnaie well. La Monnaie cannot be held responsible for any inconvenience and, consequently, it will not be possible to exchange or refund your tickets.
Between October 2023 and February 2025, La Monnaie presents a new production of Wagner's tetralogy, conducted by music director Alain Altinoglu and directed by Romeo Castellucci.
Both artists have an affinity with Wagner. The opera career of Romeo Castellucci - who recently presented us with a poignant staged version of Mozart's Requiem - began at La Monnaie in 2012 with Parsifal, while our Music Director offered the La Monnaie audience remarkable musical experiences with Lohengrin (2017), Tristan und Isolde (2019) and, earlier this season, a Parsifal in concert version. Together, they are the perfect match to bring the music of Wagner's magnum opus to life in all its dramatic effectiveness, and to give full meaning to its universal themes.
The last time this grand opera tetralogy was staged in Brussels was in the 1980s. Gerard Mortier then engaged the Sylvain Cambreling/Herbert Wernicke tandem for Der Ring des Nibelungen. For artistic reasons, Bernard Foccrouille's project with Antonio Pappano and Willy Decker fell through in the 1990s. High time, then, for a new tetralogy tailored to our house and in line with the spirit of the times.
Das Rheingold will premiere in October 2023, Die Walküre will follow in January 2024. Siegfried (September 2024) and Götterdämmerung (January 2025) will be presented in the last season of current General and artistic Director Peter de Caluwe.
"I am eager to bring together two essential pillars of the opera repertoire in my last season at La Monnaie: Richard Wagner and Claudio Monteverdi. Their works are essentially about the quest for the divine in man, and vice versa. The dichotomy between power and love is central to both composers and is a perfect reflection on the spirit of our times. The preservation of the man-made world order continues to take precedence over the place and needs of the individual. For me, the Monteverdi trilogy and the presentation of Wagner's tetralogy - together with the many world creations that we still have in prospect - are a perfect rounding off of what we have realised in Brussels over the past decades. I look forward with excitement to the realisation of these ambitious projects that will continue to keep our house in the international spotlight", says Peter de Caluwe, General and Artistic Director of La Monnaie.
La Monnaie nominated for two International Opera Awards
The nominations for the International Opera Awards 2023 have been announced! In recognition of our Green Opera project and the social programme 'A Bridge between two worlds', La Monnaie is shortlisted in the categories 'Sustainability' and 'Equal Opportunities & Impact'.
La Monnaie director Peter de Caluwe knighted in the Italian Order of Merit
On Thursday 21 September, Peter de Caluwe, General and Artistic Director of La Monnaie, received the Ordine al Merito during a ceremony at the Italian Embassy in Brussels. This award, one of the highest honours of the Italian Republic, is presented by President Sergio Mattarella for special merits in the fields of the arts, economy, public service and social, philanthropic or humanitarian activities.