In December 2022, La Monnaie presented the world premiere of On purge bébé!, Philippe Boesmans' final opera. The recording of this mischievous one-acter, conducted by Bassem Akiki, is now out on the Fuga Libera label.
Inspired by Georges Feydeau’s vaudeville, On purge bébé ! tells the story of the all-too-common troubles in the Follavoine family. Just as Monsieur is about to close a deal with the French army for his ‘unbreakable’ chamber pots,Madame launches into a spiel about their tyrannical son Toto’s constipation. It is the beginning of a madcap day in which both chamber pots and petit bourgeois façade meet their end.
The release has already received praise from the music press for "the perfect rendering of the richness of the score" and the "great theatrical commitment" of the cast, led by Jean-Sébastien Bou, Jodie Devos and Denzil Delaere.
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.