Henry VIII

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27/04/2021 - 14/05/2021

Henry VIII

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When desire becomes an affair of state: La Monnaie brings its cycle devoted to the Tudor monarchs to a close with Henry VIII, a disgracefully neglected opera by Camille Saint-Saëns. This final homage to grand opéra presents the notorious English king at the moment when he seeks to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled so he can marry Anne Boleyn – and is even willing to challenge the authority of the pope in order to get his way.

Excavating hidden treasures from the French repertoire has become a sacred mission for the director Olivier Py (Les Huguenots, Hamlet, and Dialogues des Carmélites). In his compatriot Alain Altinoglu, he has found the ideal partner to breathe new life, from the orchestra pit, into this unique score almost a century after its composer’s death.

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