Who can govern when in love?— Henry VIII (Act I)
First produced in 1883, at a time when French opera was seeking to reinvent itself, Henry VIII is a final tribute to the historical panoramas of grand opera. The work tells the story of the infamous Tudor king who, having fallen in love with Anne Boleyn, sets out to divorce Catherine of Aragon, thereby causing a rift between the Church of England and Rome.
Though overshadowed by the tremendous popularity of Samson et Dalila, Henry VIII is a carefully crafted orchestral score characterized by stark operatic contrasts: between passion and modesty, jealousy and renunciation, intimacy and solemnity. La Monnaie has entrusted this key work in Camille Saint-Saëns’ oeuvre to two ardent champions of the French repertoire: Alain Altinoglu and Olivier Py can be relied upon to do real justice to the piece.
ConductorALAIN ALTINOGLU DirectorOLIVIER PY
Set design & CostumesPIERRE-ANDRÉ WEITZ LightingBERTRAND KILLY Chorus masterSTEFANO VISCONTI
Henry VIIILIONEL LHOTE Don Gomez de FériaED LYON Le Cardinal CampeggioVINCENT LE TEXIER Le Comte de SurreyENGUERRAND DE HYS Le Duc de NorfolkWERNER VAN MECHELEN CranmerJÉRÔME VARNIER Catherine d’AragonMARIE-ADELINE HENRY Anne BoleynNORA GUBISCH Lady ClarenceLUDIVINE GOMBERT
La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Choir
La Monnaie Choral Academy, led by Benoît Giaux