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Video streamed event and on demand: Kris Defoort: The Time of Our Singing

OperaVisionRecorded at La Monnaie | De Munt: Grand Hall, Brussels, Belgium
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Friday 24 September 202119:30
On demand until Thursday 24 March 2022 12:00
Defoort, Kris (b. 1959)The Time of Our SingingLibretto 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
Simon BaileyBassDavid 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

During Marian Anderson's historic concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, a white man and a black woman fall in love. During the turbulent half-century that follows, they try to protect their three musically gifted children from prejudices they themselves have suffered.

Belgian avant-garde jazz pianist and composer Kris Defoort’s new opera is a fascinating symbiosis between jazz and classical music deeply rooted in the now. Inspired by Richard Powers' great American novel, The Time of Our Singing tells the story of a mixed-race family against the backdrop of racial segregation in the USA. In the world premiere at La Monnaie, Ted Hoffman's production lets official history and intimate stories collide to explore issues of identity, race and art.

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