La Monnaie / De Munt Announces New ‘Ring Cycle’ in October 2023

By David Salazar

La Monnaie / De Munt has announced a new production of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen.”

The production will be conducted Alain Altinoglu with Romeo Castellucci directing.

First up will be “Das Rheingold” in October 2023 followed by a 2024 production of “Die Walküre.” “Siegfried” will bow in September 2024 and the cycle will come to a close with “Götterdämmerung” in January of 2025.

The end of the cycle coincides with the final season of Intendant Peter de Caluwe.

“I am eager to bring together two essential pillars of the opera repertoire in my last season at La Monnaie: Richard Wagner and Claudio Monteverdi. Their works are essentially about the quest for the divine in man, and vice versa. The dichotomy between power and love is central to both composers and is a perfect reflection on the spirit of our times. The preservation of the man-made world order continues to take precedence over the place and needs of the individual. For me, the Monteverdi trilogy and the presentation of Wagner’s tetralogy – together with the many world creations that we still have in prospect – are a perfect rounding off of what we have realized in Brussels over the past decades. I look forward with excitement to the realization of these ambitious projects that will continue to keep our house in the international spotlight”, de Caluwe said in an official press statement.

The last time that the legendary tetralogy was staged in Brussels was in 1980 when Sylvain Cambreling and Herbert Wernicke teamed up for the production.