12/09/2020 - 13/09/2020


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To start the opera season, La Monnaie commissioned a pop requiem from the Belgian composer Jean-Luc Fafchamps. With the title Is this the end?, this new piece has three parts, the first of which, Dead Little Girl, will be performed in September.

Eric Brucher’s libretto introduces us to a teenager who is caught between life and death and faces other protagonists who exist in a transitory state of ‘departing consciousness’. With the current Coronavirus crisis, this performance takes on a particular meaning in that many victims’ families or loved ones have been unable to say goodbye to them.

Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski directs, aiming to give life to this ‘Mass’ of people who are half alive. Presented in a brand-new format, the show combines a film — shot in La Monnaie buildings — with a musical performance played on the theatre stage by seventeen musicians from La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, eighteen vocalists from La Monnaie Chorus and three soloist singers. It will be broadcast live on our website.

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