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Performer: Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie

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BrusselsDon Quixote

Strauss R., Tchaikovsky
Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie; Alain Altinoglu; Georgi Anichenko; Yves Cortvrint

BrusselsLes Contes d'HoffmannNew production

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Alain Altinoglu; Krzysztof Warlikowski; De Munt | La Monnaie; Małgorzata Szczęśniak; Eric Cutler; Enea Scala

BrusselsRhapsody

Corigliano, Gershwin, Bernstein
Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie; Alain Altinoglu

BrusselsLe nozze di FigaroNew production

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Antonello Manacorda; Jean-Philippe Clarac; De Munt | La Monnaie; Benjamin Glassberg; Rick Martin; Björn Bürger

BrusselsCosì fan tutteNew production

Mozart: Così fan tutte
Antonello Manacorda; Jean-Philippe Clarac; De Munt | La Monnaie; Benjamin Glassberg; Rick Martin; Lenneke Ruiten
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Listen with Mother: Tsar Saltan as autism parable at La Monnaie

Svetlana Aksenova (Militrisa) and Bogdan Volkov (Gvidon) © Forster
Dmitri Tcherniakov's staging turns Rimsky-Korsakov's opera into storytelling for an autistic boy, but does he deliver a fairy tale ending? 
*****
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Beethoven and Henderickx for a striking programme in Brussels

Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies and a dazzling new work by Wim Henderickx at Bozar
****1
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A manifesto against war: Dubugnon première impresses in Brussels

Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Some 15 minutes long, in a slow-fast-slow form, Le Tombeau de Napoléon wraps a taxing solo part for tenor trombone in a dramatically compelling and sonically thrilling orchestral canvas.
***11
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Black gold: Rimsky-Korsakov in Brussels

Pavlo Hunka (Tsar Dodon) and Sarah Demarthe (Cockerel) © Matthias Baus | La Monnaie
Laurent Pelly exploits the satirical side of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel at La Monnaie in a darkly humorous but colourfully performed production.
****1
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Prima la musica: an intriguing Capriccio in Brussels

Charlotte Hellekant (Clairon) and Sally Matthews (Countess) © Bernd Uhlig
Strauss' 'conversation piece' of an opera is given a warmly sympathetic production with the musical rewards coming as much from the pit as the stage.
****1
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