Sea Interludes

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The sea: a unifying factor, but also a destructive natural force. In Benjamin Britten’s dramatic Sea Interludes, the North Sea is the merciless mirror for the rough community of fishermen around Peter Grimes, while in Christina Athinodorou’s Ma Mèr(e) Méditerranée, the Mediterranean Sea is the life-giving mother of a great number of ancient cultures. La Monnaie will present the world premiere of this fascinating piece by a young Cypriot composer who concentrates not on the differences between cultures, but on the bonds between them. Our musical sea voyage ends in Italy, where Alain Altinoglu and the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra will anchor in the shade of Ottorino Respighi’s Pini di Roma.

Program and cast

Programme


PAUL GILSON
La Mer, Esquisses symphoniques (1892)


CHRISTINA ATHINODOROU
Ma Mèr(e) Méditerranée, pour solo, mezzo-soprano, choeurs d'enfants et orchestre symphonique
World première


BENJAMIN BRITTEN
Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes', op. 33a (1944)


OTTORINO RESPIGHI
Pini di Roma (1924)


Cast


Conductor: ALAIN ALTINOGLU

Mezzo: ANNA BONITATIBUS


La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra
La Monnaie Children's and Youth Choir, led by Benoît Giaux


Production: DE MUNT / LA MONNAIE
Co-productionBOZAR MUSIC

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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