Magdalena Kožená & Yefim Bronfman

Having such a versatile artist as Magdalena Kožená as a guest is always a special experience. Following her double recital with Dorothea Röschmann at La Monnaie in 2008, the Czech mezzo-soprano now presents a solo recital in which she combines German and Slav elements into a single whole. The theme of everyday life runs through her programme: in the children’s room (Musorgsky) or in the countryside (Bartók) and also in Shostakovich’s satirical slices of life. The contrast and emotion in these scenes closely reflects Shostakovich’s views: ‘Music is capable of expressing dark drama and pure rapture, suffering and ecstasy, fiery and cold fury, melancholy and wild merriment...’ For his Village Scenes, Bartók used Slovak folk songs as his starting point; Magdalena Kožená will sing this series in Slovak – a return to Bartók’s sources.

Program and cast


Production: DE MUNT / LA MONNAIE


Johannes Brahms

Modest Musorgsky
Detskaya [The Nursery] (1872)

Dmitry Shostakovich
Satirï [Satires] (S. Chorny), ‘Pictures of the Past’, op.109 (1960)

Béla Bartók
Falun (Dedinské scény) [Village Scenes], BB87a (1924)

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May 2019

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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