La Monnaie / De Munt LA MONNAIE / DE MUNT
Opera

Giuseppe Verdi
Rivoluzione e Nostalgia

Presentation

Three old friends remember 1968 and almost get it right.

This ambitious, two-part production brings together musical highlights from the sixteen first operas of Giuseppe Verdi to tell a new story. We meet three friends during two key years of their lives: the protest years after May 1968 and a reunion forty years later. Separated by time but linked by their shared past, these friends take stock of what remains of the unrest, violence and idealism of their youthful years, and try to uncover the truth behind an unsolved mystery. The project unfolds over the course of two separate opera performances, Rivoluzione and Nostalgia. With compelling arias, emblematic overtures and such memorable choral parts as ‘Va, pensiero’ (Nabucco), these performances will take you to the heart of Verdi’s musical genius.

Rivoluzione (Part I)
Late 1960s. Growing social tensions are spreading across Europe. Three young men, Carlo, Lorenzo and Giuseppe, find themselves involved in a protest movement. All three gravitate towards Laura, a committed activist who is studying violin. As the revolution gradually turns into a physical confrontation with the authorities, personal and emotional conflicts break out between members of the group and Laura's ideal of peaceful resistance is overtaken by reality. How far will she go for her beliefs? 

Nostalgia (Part II)
Late 2000s. A vernissage in a plush art gallery. Among the hand-picked guests, Carlo, Giuseppe and Lorenzo, three old friends, meet again after many years. Within the installation on display, a documentary showing footage of their revolutionary youth is being screened. Each of them seems to remember that time differently, but they do share one feeling: the shadow of Laura, who disappeared without a trace forty years earlier, still looms over them … 

Are you under 30? Then attend this opera's on the 'Young Opera' nights (29.3.2024 and 5.4.2024) and enjoy a free reception and exclusive introduction.

Dates & tickets

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Location

La Monnaie

Prices

Dynamic ticket prices
Starting from € 12 to € 165
-30 years old: € 10 / € 50

Language

Sung in Italian
Surtitles in Dutch and French

Presentation

Introductory talks 45' before the start of the performance: in Dutch by David Vergauwen (Grand Foyer) and in French by Delphine Clarinval (Bonbonnière)

Running time

Rivoluzione : 3h with 1 intermission
Nostalgia : 2h, no intermission

More info

The performances of Rivoluzione use stroboscopic effects, that can cause discomfort in people who are sensitive to intense and rapid flashes of light.

Both performances stand on their own and can also be enjoyed separately. To get the most out of this double production, however, we recommend attending both Rivoluzione and Nostalgia, and in this order.

Gallery

Gallery

Dates & tickets

Dates & Tickets

Cast
Cast

Text and music selected from Giuseppe Verdi’s early operas (1840-49)

ConductorCARLO GOLDSTEIN Script, Director, Set & Video DesignerKRYSTIAN LADA

Costume DesignerADRIAN STAPF Lighting DesignerALEKSANDR PROWALIŃSKI ChoreographerMICHIEL VANDEVELDE Set Design CollaboratorŁUKASZ MISZTAL Video Collaborator JÉRÉMY ADONIS Chorus MasterEMMANUEL TRENQUE

PART I - RIVOLUZIONE
CarloENEA SCALA GiuseppeVITTORIO PRATO LorenzoJUSTIN HOPKINS LauraNINO MACHAIDZE CristinaGABRIELA LEGUN ArminioHWANJOO CHUNG

PART II - NOSTALGIA
CarloSCOTT HENDRICKS GiuseppeGIOVANNI BATTISTA PARODI LorenzoDENNIS RUDGE DonatellaHELENA DIX VirginiaGABRIELA LEGUN IcilioPARIDE CATALDO

LauraSATÉNIK KHOURDOIAN

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
La Monnaie Choral Academy led by Benoît Giaux

Production LA MONNAIE

In co-production with Shelter Prod and Prospero MM Productions, with the support of Taxshelter.be and ING
With the support of the Belgian Federal Government's Tax Shelter

In partnership with Sonuma