Davinia Rodriguez, Sabine Devieilhe, Simon Keenlyside Headline La Monnaie’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

La Monnaie / De Munt in Brussels, Belgium has unveiled its 2020-21 season which features a number of unique operas, concerts, and recitals.


The opera season kicks off with the world premiere of Kris Defoort and Peter van Kraaij’s “The Time of our Singing.” The opera stars Claron McFadden, Mark. S. Doss, Peter Coleman-Wright, Levy Sekgapane, Peter Brathwaite, Abigail Abraham, and Lilly Jørstad. Kwamé Ryan conducts a production by Ted Huffman.

Performance Dates: Sept. 15-27, 2020

Yonahan Levy and Adam Maor’s “The Sleeping Thousand” makes its Belgian premiere in a production by the librettist himself. The opera, which was commissioned by the festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg,” will feature Tomasz Kumiega, Gan-ya Ben-Gur Akselrod, Benjamin Alunni, and David Salsbery Fry. Elena Schwarz and Antonin Rey conduct.

Performance Dates: Sept. 26- Oct. 1, 2020

Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” will feature Roberto Saccà, Marlis Petersen, Georg Nigl, and Bernadetta Grabias, among others in a production by Mariusz Trelinski. Lothar Koenigs conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 22- Nov. 13, 2020

Lodewijk Mortelman’s “Der Kinderen der Zee” makes a return to the company under chorus master Jan Schweiger, conducted by Alain Altinoglu. Thomas Blondelle, Tineke Van Ingelgem, Christianne Stotijn, Werner van Mechelen, Kurt Gysen, and Denzil Delaere star.

Performance Dates: Nov. 22, 24, 2020

Lauren Pelly directs Verdi’s “Falstaff” with Roberto Frontali and Werner Van Mechelen in the title role, Mattia Oliveri, Lionel Lhote, Anico Zorzi Giustiniani, Raul Gimenez, Myrto Papatanasiu, Anne-Catherine Gillet, Elena Galitskaya, Daniela Barcellona, and Beth Taylor. Alain Atinoglu conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 9-29, 2020

John Graham-Hall, Sally Matthews, Carole Wilson, Giselle Allen, and Julian Hubbard star in Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” with Ben Glassberg conducting and Andrea Breth directing.

Performance Dates: Jan. 19-Feb. 2, 2021

La Monnaie is set to present “Bastarda!,” an Existential Tale in Two Evening about the life of Elizabeth the First featuring the music of Donizetti. The works to be featured include “Il Castello di Kenilworth,” “Anna Bolena,” “Maria Stuarda” and “Roberto Devereux.”

Francesco Lanzillotta conducts the concept by Olivier Fredj. The work will star Davinia Rodriguez as Elisabetta, Salome Jicia as Anna Bolena, Enea Scala as Percy & Leicester, Luca Tittoto as Enrico, Raffaella Lupinacci as Giovanna Seymour & Sara, David Hansen as Smeaton, Gavan Ring as Cecil, Lenneke Ruiten as Maria Stuarda, Sergey Romanovsky as Roberto Devereux, Vittorio Prato as Nottingham.

Performance Dates: Bastarda! 1-For Better, For Worse: March 9-April 3, 2021 & Bastarda! 2-Till Death Part Us: March 10-April 3, 2021

Alain Altinoglu conducts a new production of Sain-Saens’ “Henry VIII” by Olivier Py. Laurent Naouri stars in the title role with Ed Lyon, Paul Gay, Enguerrand de Hys, Werner Van Mechelen, Jerome Varnier, Veronique Gens, Nora Gubisch, and Ludovine Gombert.

Performance Dates: April 27-May 14, 2021

Julian Hubbard stars in the title role of Wagner’s “Parsifal” with Andrew Schroeder, Gabor Bretz, Wilhelm Schwinghammer, Martin Winkler, Marina Prudenskaya, and Elena Zhidkova. Alain Altinoglu conducts Romeo Castellucci.

Performance Dates: June 15-July 3, 2021




Soprano Sabine Devieilhe will join forces with Raphaël Pichon in a concert dedicated to music by Mozart. Carlos Bruneel will also appear as flute soloist.

Performance Date: Jan. 6, 2021

Alain Altinoglu will lead a “Mozart for Kids” concert with highlights from “The Magic Flute.” Soloists include Emma Posman, Pierre Derhet, and Filip Jordens.

Performance Date: Jan. 30, 2021

Mezzo-soprano Anna Bonitatibus teams up with Alain Altinoglu for “Sea Interludes,” a concert dedicated to the music of Britten, Respighi, Gilson, and Christina Athinodorou.

Performance Date: Feb. 14, 2021


The day after opening night, soprano Sabine Devieilhe and pianist Alexandre Tharaud will perform music of Debussy, Poulenc, Fauré, and Ravel.

Performance Date: Sept. 16, 2020

Baritone Georg Nigl will perform a recital dedicated to music of Wolf, Schubert, Offenbach, Berg, Brahms, Mahler, and Beethoven, among others. He will perform with actress Martina Gedeck and pianist Elena Bashkirova.

Performance Date: Nov. 4, 2020

Baritone Simon Keenlyside and pianist Graham Johnson will perform music of Britten, Brahms, Schumann, and Poulenc.

Performance Date: Dec. 17, 2020

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and pianist Julius Drake will perform music of Barber, Weill, Turina, Guridi, and Guastavino.

Performance Date: Jan. 11, 2021

Tenors Christoph and Julian Prégardien will team up with pianist Michael Gees for music of Mozart, Beethoven, Silcher, Schubert, Brahms, and Zilcher.

Performance Date: Feb. 1, 2021

Countertenor Bejun Mehta and pianist Jonathan Ware will perform music of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Britten, and Mahler.

Performance Date: March 25, 2021

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie D’Oustrac and pianist Pascal Jourdan will play music of Liszt, Pauline Viardot, and Berlioz.

Performance Date: May 9, 2021