Cycle
Camille Saint-Saëns, the one-man band

Henry VIII

Opera in four acts and six tableaux, music by Camille Saint-Saëns, libretto by Léonce Détroyat and Armand Silvestre, premiered at the Paris Opéra on 5 March 1883.
Opera
The ‘last historical opera of any value’ according to Debussy, Henry VIII also served as a Wagnerian laboratory for Saint-Saëns, who intensifies in it his approach to ‘leitmotif’. The score, the apogee of grand opéra, is founded on historical research that Saint-Saëns carried out in England, which also influenced the sets and costume designs.

Dates

Tue 27 April 2021
19.30
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Bruxelles
Thu 29 April 2021
19.30
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Bruxelles
Sun 2 May 2021
15.00
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Bruxelles
Tue 4 May 2021
19.30
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Bruxelles
Thu 6 May 2021
19.30
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Bruxelles
Sat 8 May 2021
19.30
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Bruxelles
Tue 11 May 2021
19.30
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Bruxelles
Fri 14 May 2021
19.30
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Bruxelles

Performers

LA MONNAIE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
Alain Altinoglu conductor
Olivier Py director
Henry VIII Laurent Naouri
Catherine d’Aragon Véronique Gens
Don Gomez de Feria Ed Lyon
Anna Boleyn Nora Gubisch
Le Comte de Norfolk Werner Van Mechelen
Le Cardinal Paul Gay
Cranmer Jérôme Varnier
Le Comte de Surrey Enguerrand de Hys
Lady Clarence Ludivine Gombert
Garter, roi d’armes / Quatre seigneurs / Un huissier de la cour / Un officier NN

Programme

Henry VIII by Camille Saint-Saëns
Staged performance
Production De Munt / La Monnaie in partnership with the Palazzetto Bru Zane
Scores published by Durand
Bru Zane Mediabase
Digital resources for French Romantic music
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