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Kris Defoort: The Time of Our SingingWorld premiere

La Monnaie | De Munt: Grand Hall5, Place de la Monnaie, Brussels, Brussels Capital, 1000, Belgium
Dates/times in Brussels time zone
Wednesday 22 September 202119:30
Friday 24 September 202119:30
Sunday 26 September 202115:00
Defoort, Kris (b. 1959)The Time of Our Singing (world premiere)Libretto by Peter van Kraaij
La Monnaie | De Munt
Kwamé RyanConductor
Ted HuffmanDirector
Johannes SchützSet Designer
Astrid KleinCostume Designer
Bernd PurkrabekLighting Designer
Claron McFaddenSopranoDelia Daley
Mark S DossBaritoneWilliam Daley
Peter Coleman-WrightBaritoneDavid Strom
Levy SekgapaneTenorJonah
Peter BrathwaiteBaritoneJoey
Abigail AbrahamActorRuth
Lilly JørstadMezzo-sopranoLisette Soer
La Monnaie Chamber Orchestra
Mark TurnerSaxophone
Lander GyselinckDrums
Nicolas ThysDouble Bass
Hendrik LasurePiano
La Monnaie Children's Chorus
La Monnaie Youth Choir
Benoît GiauxChoirmaster / chorus director

"Singing might make more sense of life than living had to start with." — Richard Powers (The Time of Our Singing)

After a year of anticipation, Kris Defoort’s new opera will finally be brought to the stage! Black Lives Matter, police brutality, rigged elections: these are themes that have remained at the forefront of current affairs over the past year. There are clear parallels to be drawn between the recent history of the US and The Time of Our Singing, which was inspired by the Richard Powers novel of the same name. The work depicts the life of a mixed-race family that is both united and divided by music, against the backdrop of segregation in the post-war United States. In collaboration with the librettist Peter van Kraaij, the conductor Kwamé Ryan, and the stage director Ted Huffman, Kris Defoort conjures an imaginary space in which official history and personal histories intertwine, in which people come together to weave a narrative, and in which jazz and classical music are enriched by one another. ‘To my mind, it doesn’t happen often that a contemporary opera is so profoundly rooted in the “now” and yet raises so many universal themes.’ (Kris Defoort)

© Pierre Stubbe
© Pierre Stubbe
September 2021
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