Magdalena Kožená, Michael Spyres & Eric Cutler Hightlight La Monnaie’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

La Monnaie du Mont has announced its 2019-20 season showcasing two world premieres, Mozart’s Da Ponte trilogy and two Joan of Arc operas.

The season will also see a celebration of Offenbach, as well as a number of recitals from some of the leading artists in opera.

The seasons opens with Pascal Dusapin’s “Macbeth Underworld.” The new opera adapted from Shakespeare’s play is set to be directed by Thomas Jolly and conducted by Alain Altinoglu.

The cast is headed by Magdalena Kožená in the role of Lady Macbeth and Georg Nigel as Macbeth. The production will also see the three sisters played by Eir Inderhaug, Lilly Jorstad, and Christel Loetzsch. Kristinn Sigmundsson is a ghost and Graham Clark is a porter. Angelique Noldus also sings some performances as Lady Macbeth.

Performance Dates: Sept. 20-Oct. 5, 2019

Benjamin Attahir’s “Le Silence des Ombres” makes its world premiere in a new production by Olivier Lexa.

The triptych stars Julia Szproch and Raquel Camarinha in both “Les Mort de Tintagiles” and “Alladine et Palomides.” Camarinha also stars in the third work, entitled “Interieur,” with Clemence Poussin.

Performance Dates: Sept. 25-Oct. 6, 2019

Salome Jicia stars in Verdi’s “Giovanna d’Arco” in a concert performance with Ivan Ayon Rivas and Dimitri Platanias rounding out the cast. Giuliano Carella conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12-16, 2019

Romeo Castellucci directs a new production of Honegger’s “Jeanne d’arc au Bucher.” Kazushi Ono conducts the work which is set to star Audrey Bonnet in the title role, Denis Podalydes, Ilse Eerens and Tienke van Ingelgem.

Performance Dates: Nov. 5-12, 2019

Eric Cutler and Enea Scala share the title role in Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” with Patricia Petibon and Nicole Chevalier alternating as the four heroines. Michèle Losier is Nicklausse and Gabor Bretz is the four villains.

Alain Altinoglu conducts director Krzysztof Warlikowski’s production.

Performance Dates: Dec. 10, 2019-Jan 2, 2020

Stanisław Moniuszko’s “Moniuszko à Paris” will get a new production by Marc Lainé. Rafal Kloczko conducts the production with a cast to be announced.

Performance Dates: Feb. 28-29, 2020

Tchiakovsky’s “The Queen of Spades” gets a production by David Marton with Nathalie Stutzmann conducting.

Dmitry Golovnin sings the role of Hermann, while Laurent Naouri takes on the role of Count Tomsky. Anna Nechaeva sings Liza, Stéphane Degout is Count Yeletsky, and Charlotte Hellekant is Polina.

Performance Dates: April 21-May 9, 2020

Damiano Michieletto directs a new production of Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” with Sally Matthews and Julia Kleiter alternating as the Marschallin and Michèle Losier and Julie Boulianne sharing the role of Octavian.

Elena Sancho-Pereg and Ilse Eerens alternate as Sophie, while Matthew Rose and Martin Winkler share the role of Baron Ochs. Alain Altinoglu conducts the masterpiece.

Performance Dates: June 14-27, 2020

The Mozart Trilogy 

La Monnaie opens its Mozart trilogy with “Le Nozze di Figaro” starring Bjorn Burger, Simon Saturova, Sophia Burgos, Robert Gleadow, and Ginger Costa-Jackson.

The trilogy continues with “Così fan tutte” starring Lenneke Ruiten, Ginger Costa-Jackson, Iurii Samoilov, Juan Francesco Gatell, Rinat Shaham, and Riccardo Novaro.

“Don Giovanni” closes the trilogy with Bjorn Burger in the title role, Simona Saturova as Donna Anna, Lenneke Ruiten as Donna Elvira, and Robert Gleadow as Leoporello. The cast is rounded out by Juan Francesco Gatell, Sophia Burgos, Iurii Saoilov and Alexander Roslavets.

Clarac Delœuil > Le Lab direct all three productions with Antonello Manacorda conducting.

Le Nozze di Figaro Performance Dates: Feb. 18-March 21, 2020

Cosi fan tutte Performance Dates: Feb. 20-March 26, 2020


Sally Matthews sings the Four Last Songs with Alain Altinoglu conducting. The program will also include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Pascaul Dusapin’s Waves Concerto pour orgue et orchestre.

Performance Date: May 16, 2020

Alain Altinoglu conducts “Carmina Burana” with Jodie Devos, Enea Scala, and Mattia Olivieri.

Performance Date: July 2, 2020


Mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch will offer a recital with music by Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Pascal Dusapin, and Benjamin Atttahir. Alain Altinoglu performs on piano.

Performance Date: Oct. 4, 2019

Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Daniel Blumenthal will present a program of works by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Hugo Wolf, Ernest Chausson, Gabriel Fauré, Déodat de Séverac, Gustave Charpentier, Claude Debussy, and Henri Duparc.

Performance Date: Nov. 15, 2019

Jodie Devos and Ensemble Contraste will offer a program of Offenbach’s most iconic pieces and rarely performed works in celebration of the composer’s bicentenary.

Performance Date: Dec. 13, 2019

Katie Micthell is set to stage “Zauberland,” a dialouge with Scumann’s Dichterliebe. Julia Bullock and Cédric Tiberghien perform the work.

Performance Dates: Feb. 11-15, 2020

Stephane Degout and Simon Lepper join forces for a recital of music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov with mélodies by Gabriel Fauré.

Performance Date: March 23, 2020

Vincenzo Bellini, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt, Gioachino Rossini, Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss, and Hugo Wolf make up the program Michael Spyres and Roger Vignoles are set to offer in recital at La Monnaie.

Performance Date: April 29, 2020

Franz-Josef Selig concludes the recital program of the season with pianist Gerold Huber. The program will include music by Carl Loewe, Rudi Stephan, and Hugo Wolf.

Performance Date: June 25, 2020