Parsifal

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Even today, Parsifal, Richard Wagner’s musical testament, remains veiled in a mysterious aura. The wound and the passion, nothingness and light, profane and spiritual love: what lies behind the contradictions in this tale of the ‘pure fool’ who, armed only with his own naivety, goes in search of the Holy Grail? It was precisely the infinity of possible interpretations of this Bühnenweihfestspiel that fascinated the director Romeo Castellucci when he tackled his first opera production in 2011. Ten years later, this iconic production returns to the opera house where it was premiered. This time, it will be conducted by our Music Director, Alain Altinoglu, who – following his success in Lohengrin and Tristan und Isolde – continues his own Wagnerian quest. This will be no mere revival.

Program and cast

Conductor: ALAIN ALTINOGLU
Director, set, costumes & light: ROMEO CASTELLUCCI
Artistic collaboration: SILVIA COSTA
Dramaturgy: PIERSANDRA DI MATTEO
Choreography: CINDY VAN ACKER
Collaboration lighting: MARCO GIUSTI
Chorus master: MARCO OZBIČ


Amfortas: ANDREW SCHROEDER
Titurel: KURT GYSEN
Gurnemanz: GÁBOR BRETZ
WILHELM SCHWINGHAMMER (17, 27, 29 JUN, 3 JUL)
Parsifal: JULIAN HUBBARD
Klingsor: MARTIN WINKLER
Kundry / Stimme aus der Höhe: MARINA PRUDENSKAYA
ELENA ZHIDKOVA (17, 27, 29 JUN)
Gralsritter: WILLEM VAN DER HEYDEN, SCOTT WILDE
Knappen: SHEVA TEHOVAL, ANGÉLIQUE NOLDUS, PIERRE DERHET°, DENZIL DELAERE
Klingsors Zaubermädchen: HENDRICKJE VAN KERCKHOVE, LISA WILLEMS°°, ANGÉLIQUE NOLDUS, SHEVA TEHOVAL, LIES VANDEWEGE, IRIS VAN WIJNEN


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


°MM Laureate
°°MM Soloist


Production: DE MUNT / LA MONNAIE (2011)

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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