Die tote Stadt

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A restrained psychological thriller, a muted portrait of a city, and one of the masterpieces of Belgian Symbolism: in Bruges-la-Morte, a gloomy Venice of the North reflects the grieving process of a man who, following the death of his wife, sinks into a mood of obsession and delusion. The operatic adaptation of the novel was a huge hit for 23-year-old Erich Wolfgang Korngold, whose ecstatic, at times exuberant music prefigured his later career as a film composer. The work has inspired the director Mariusz Treliński to create a production that is neo-noir in style – one in which the lines between reality and the imaginary are constantly blurred. The conductor Lothar Koenigs leads the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, with his usual unerring feeling for the late-Romantic repertoire, through this tuneful and eye-opening drama – exactly one hundred years after its premiere!
 

Program and cast

Conductor: LOTHAR KOENIGS
Director: MARIUSZ TRELIŃSKI
Set design: BORIS KUDLIČKA
 Costumes: MAREK ADAMSKI
Lighting: MARC HEINZ
Video: BARTEK MACIAS
Choreography: TOMASZ JAN WYGODA
Dramaturgy: MAŁGORZATA SIKORSKA-MISZCZUK
Chorus master: ALBERTO MORO


Paul: ROBERTO SACCÀ
Marietta / Die Erscheinung Mariens: MARLIS PETERSEN
Frank / Pierrot: GEORG NIGL
Brigitta: BERNADETTA GRABIAS
Juliette: MARIA STASIAK
Lucienne: ELŻBIETA WRÓBLEWSKA
Gaston / Victorin: FLORIAN HOFFMANN
Fritz: NIKOLAY BORCHEV
Graf Albert: MATEUSZ ZAJDEL


La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
La Monnaie Children's and Youth Choir & Choral Academy, led by Benoît Giaux


Production: TEATR WIELKI – POLISH NATIONAL OPERA
Co-production: DE MUNT / LA MONNAIE
With the support of: NATIONALE LOTERIJ / LOTERIE NATIONALE


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

La Monnaie

The Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie is an Opera house in Brussels, Belgium. Both of its names translate as Royal Theatre of the Mint.


Today the National Opera of Belgium, a federal institution, takes the name of the theatre in which it is housed. Therefore, la Monnaie or de Munt refers both to the structure as well as the opera company.


As Belgium's leading opera house it is one of the few cultural institutions which receives financial support from the federal government of Belgium. Other opera houses in Belgium, such as the Vlaamse Opera and the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, are funded by regional governments.

Johan Jacobs
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