Daphne - La monnaie (2014) - Daphne - La Monnaie (2014)

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The metamorphosis of Daphne is set in a total union with the music, whereby the words become superfluous and Daphne becomes just a voice that resounds out of the moonlit treetop’ – this is how the librettist Joseph Gregor characterised the ultimate moment in Strauss’ opera Daphne. This ‘bucolic tragedy’ tells the sad story of the beautiful Daphne, who is loved both by the simple shepherd Leukippos and the god Apollo : he kills his rival and thus leaves Daphne inconsolable, after which he immortalises her in the form of a laurel tree. In 1938, Daphne’s metamorphosis, as described by Ovid and given shape to by Bernini and Chassériau in the plastic arts, inspired Richard Strauss to write his thirteenth opera, which possibly contains his finest music. In this Daphne, the director Guy Joosten sets the world of an ecologically-inspired ‘hipster’ on the fringes of the mainstream against a hard economic reality.

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September 09, 2014 20:00:00

September 11, 2014 20:00:00

September 14, 2014 15:00:00

September 16, 2014 20:00:00

September 18, 2014 20:00:00

September 21, 2014 15:00:00

September 23, 2014 20:00:00

September 25, 2014 20:00:00

September 27, 2014 20:00:00

September 30, 2014 20:00:00


Iain Paterson

Birgit Remmert

Sally Matthews

Peter Lodhal

Eric Cutler

Tineke Van Ingelgem

Maria Fiselier

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