The Time of Our Singing proclaimed Best World Premiere
Yesterday, the Teatro Real de Madrid hosted the prestigious International Opera Awards. La Monnaie proudly won the Award for 'Best World Premiere' with Kris Defoort's magnum opus.
In September 2021, La Monnaie opened its season with the world creation of KrisDefoort’s The Time of Our Singing, composed on a libretto by playwright PetervanKraaij. This work, commissioned by La Monnaie, is based on RichardPowers’ novel of the same name, and follows the quest for identity of the mixed family Strom against the backdrop of segregation in post-war America.
A new performance series of The Time of Our Singing will take place later this season at co-producer Theatre Sankt Gallen. A reprise is also planned at La Monnaie in autumn 2024.
Among the other winners, we also find some of La Monnaie's regulars. MM Ambassador Stéphane Degout, soon to be our Yevgeny Onegin, took the prize in the 'Best Male Singer' category and Sabine Devieilhe won the award for 'Best Female Singer'.
Watch the reactions of composer Kris Defoort and General and Artistic Director Peter de Caluwe below.
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.
Nominations for the 2023 International Opera Awards are now open
Travel by train to any La Monnaie performance at half price!
Thanks to the BRAVO! ticket, you can travel to La Monnaie by train at half price. Each of our performance tickets now has a unique SNCB discount code which allows you to book a low-cost return trip to Brussels on the day of your performance.