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Opera

The Time of Our Singing
Kris Defoort

Presentation

1939. African-American contralto Marian Anderson delivers her legendary performance before a huge crowd at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. This is where David Strom and Delia Daley meet. He is an immigrant German-Jewish physicist. She is a young, Philadelphia-born African-American woman with a sublime voice. Out of their shared passion for music grows a love story and, ultimately also, a warm family with three children: Jonah, who will become a talented tenor, Joey a pianist, and Ruth, an activist who will fight segregation. Theirs is the chronicle of a mixed family both united and divided by music in the turbulence of post-war America.

Crowned ‘Best World Premiere’ at the International Opera Awards after its premiere in 2021, The Time of Our Singing returns to La Monnaie. In collaboration with librettist Peter van Kraaij, conductor Kwamé Ryan and director Ted Huffman, Kris Defoort conjures an imaginary space where History with a capital H and history with a small h intertwine, where people come together to weave a story, and where jazz and classical music enrich one another. Rarely has a contemporary opera been so profoundly rooted in the now while raising so many universal themes. 

Are you under 30? Then attend this opera on the Young Opera Night (25.10.2024) and we treat you to a personal welcome, a free drink, a free programme book and an after-event.

Dates & tickets

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Location

La Monnaie

Prices

Start ticket sale 29.8.2024

Dynamic ticket prices
Starting from € 12 to € 170
-30 years: € 10 / 25 / 50
-15 years: € 10 / 25 (only via MM Tickets)

Language

Sung in English
Surtitles in Dutch and French

Running time

3:00 (1 intermission)

Presentation

Introductory talks 45' before the start of the performance

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Dates

Cast
Cast

An opera by Kris Defoort
Libretto by Peter van Kraaij
Based on the novel by Richard Powers
Premiere La Monnaie 14.9.2021

 ConductorKWAMÉ RYAN
DirectorTED HUFFMAN

Set designJOHANNES SCHÜTZ CostumesASTRID KLEIN LightingBERND PURKRABEK VideoPIERRE MARTIN ChoreographyALAN BARNES DramaturgyPETER VAN KRAAIJ & ANTONIO CUENCA RUIZSoundVINCENT DE BAST

Delia DaleyCLARON MCFADDEN William DaleyMARK S. DOSS David StromSIMON BAILEY JonahLEVY SEKGAPANE JoeyPETER BRATHWAITE RuthABIGAIL ABRAHAM Lisette SoerLILLY JØRSTAD

La Monnaie Chamber orchestra
Jazz quartet (Robin Verheyen, Lander Gyselinck, Nicolas Thys, Hendrik Lasure)
Equinox children's chorus led by Zeno Popescu

Production DE MUNT / LA MONNAIECo-production LOD MUZIEKTHEATER
THEATER ST.GALLEN

In coproduction with Shelter Prod and Prospero MM Productions, with the support of taxshelter.be and ING
With the support of the tax shelter of the Belgian federal government