‘Hope: the final torture...’ Ever since a jailer called him ‘brother’, a prisoner has hope that he will be freed. The door of his cell, however, opens to reveal a long corridor that leads to the stake – the illusion of freedom thus becomes, for him, the ultimate torture. At La Monnaie, the conductor Franck Ollu and the stage director Andrea Breth recently gave us an acclaimed version of Jakob Lenz by Wolfgang Rihm, a composer with whom they now collaborate again. Alongside the 20th century masterpiece Il Prigioniero by Luigi Dallapiccola, they give us Das Gehege by Rihm, in which a woman frees an eagle from its cage before killing it. The flamboyant lyricism of Dallapiccola is followed by the poetic twilight world of Rihm. The two works form a diptych that explores the ambivalent relationship between the victim and the executioner as well as general questions about personal freedom and the possible dead ends in our so-called free world.
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La Monnaie Presents World Premiere LE SILENCE DES OMBRES
July 04, 2019
La Monnaie opens the 2019-20 season not by one, but by two world premieres. In September 2019, at the same time as Pascal Dusapin's Macbeth Underworld at La Monnaie, Le Silence des ombres premieres at KVS. It is an opera adaptation of Maurice Maeterlinck's Trois Petits Drames pour Marionnettes, commissioned to the young French composer Benjamin Attahir and produced in close collaboration with the author and director Olivier Lexa, a team of novice creators of the National School of Visual Arts of La Cambre and a cast of young singers supported by ENOA, the European Network of Opera Academies.