Cecilia Bartoli, Gábor Bretz, Sally Matthews & Ed Lyon Lead La Monnaie’s 2023-24 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Belgium’s La Monnaie du Mont has announced its 2023-24 season with world premieres, a new Ring Cycle, and many classic works.

The season opens with the world premiere of Bernard Foccroulle and Matthew Jocelyn’s “Cassandra.” Kazushi Ono conducts the work with a cast that includes Katarina Bradic Jessica Niles Susan Bickley, Sarah Defrise, Paul Appleby, Joshua Hopkins, and Gidon Saks.

Performance Dates: Sept. 10-23, 2023

The company will present “Soirées Young Opéra.”

Performance Dates: Sept. 21, 2023-June 27, 2024

Gábor Bretz, Andrew Foster-Williams, Julian Hubbard, Nicky Spence, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Anett Fritsch, Nora Gubisch, Scott Hendricks Peter Hoaref, Ante Jerkunica, and Wilhelm Schwinghammer star in Wagner’s “Das Rheingold.” Romeo Castelucci directs the production while Alain Altinoglu conducts. 

Performance Dates: Oct. 24-Nov. 9, 2023

Gianluca Capuano conducts Händel’s “Giulio Cesare in Egitto” with Cecilia Bartoli.

Performance Date: Oct. 27, 2023

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” will star Ante Jerkunica, Svetlana Aksenova, Stine Marie Fischer, Bernarda Bobro, Carole Wilson, Bogdan Volkov, Olga Kulchynska, Vasily Gorhkov, and Nicky Spence. Timur Zangiev conducts the production by Dmitri Tcherniakov.

Performance Dates: Dec. 3-19, 2023

Wagner’s “Die Walküre” will star Eric Cutler, Ante Jerkunica, Gábor Bretz, Ingela Brimberg, Sally Matthews, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux. Alain Altinoglu conducts the production by Romeo Castelucci.

Performance Dates: Jan. 21-Feb. 11, 2024

Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nostalgia” and “Rivoluzione” will be performed will be conducted by Carlo Goldstein and directed by Krystian Lada. Scott Hendricks, Giorgio Giuseppinil, Helena Dix, Gabriela Legun, and Paride Cataldo star in “Nostalgia” while Enea Scala, Vittorio Prato, Justin Hopkins, Nino Machaidze, and Gabriela Leguni star in “Rivoluzione.”

Performance Dates: March 22-April 7, 2024

“Ali” will make its world premiere with Michiel Delanghe conducting. Sanele Mwelase, Raphaële Green, and Kamil Ben Hsaïn Lachiri.

Performance Dates: April 21-27, 2024

Ed Lyon, Sally Matthews, Carole Wilson, Allison Cook Julian Hibbard, and Katharina Bierweiler Lead Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw.” Antonio Mendez conducts the production by Andrea Breth.

Performance Dates: May 2-14, 2024

Ewa Vesin and Svetlana Aksenova sing the title role in Puccini’s “Turandot.” They are joined by Michele Pertusi, Stefano la Colla, Amadi Lagha, Venera Gimadieva, and Ruth Iniesta. Kazushi Ono and Ouri Bronchti conduct a production by Christophe Coppens.

Performance Dates: June 14-30, 2024


Riccardo Chailly conducts the Teatro alla Scala chorus and orchestra.

Performance Date: Sept. 9, 2023

Alain Altinoglu conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Ilse Errens and Nora Gubisc.

Performance Date: Oct. 1, 2023

Stephane Degout and Saténik Khourdoïan perform Mahler with Alain Altinoglu conducting.

Performance Date: Feb. 18, 2024

Margaux de Valensart, Blandine Coulon, Luis Aguilar, Leander Carlier, and Alberto Moro lead a chorus concert with Emmanuel Trenque conducting.

Performance Date: April 20, 2024 

Alain Altinoglu conducts Ed Lyon in Elgar.

Performance Date: May 17, 2024


Magdalena Kožená and Ohad Ben-Ari perform Messiaen and Debussy.

Performance Date: Sept. 20, 2023

Günther Groissböck and Malcolm Martineau perform Bruckner, Strauss, Mahler, Wolf and Schumann.

Performance Date: Nov. 6, 2023

Nicky Spence leads students of the MM ACADEMY in Bohemian Songs with Dyan Perez.

Performance Date: Dec. 10, 2023

Rafael Villalobos directs Schubert’s “Winterreise” with Xavier Sabata and Francisco Poyato.

Performance Date: Feb 10, 2024

Matthias Goerne and Evgeny Kissin perform Schumann’s “Dichterliebe.”

Performance Date: March 10, 2024

Nino Machaidze, Enea Scala, and Vittorio Prato perform a Rossini Salon.

Performance Date: March 28 2024

Lenneke Ruiten and Thom Janssen perform Lieder.

Performance Date: May 7, 2024

Sarah Defrise performs an evening entitled “I Hate Music.”

Performance Dates: May 31-June 6, 2024