Thu 11 May 2023 — Sat 27 May 2023

Henry VIII

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Henry VIII © Lissyelle Laricchia


Who can govern when in love?

First produced in 1883, at a time when French opera was seeking to reinvent itself, Henry VIII is a final tribute to the historical panoramas of grand opera. The work tells the story of the infamous Tudor king who, having fallen in love with Anne Boleyn, sets out to divorce Catherine of Aragon, thereby causing a rift between the Church of England and Rome.

Though overshadowed by the tremendous popularity of Samson et Dalila, Henry VIII is a carefully crafted orchestral score characterized by stark operatic contrasts: between passion and modesty, jealousy and renunciation, intimacy and solemnity. La Monnaie has entrusted this key work in Camille Saint-Saëns’ oeuvre to two ardent champions of the French repertoire: Alain Altinoglu and Olivier Py can be relied upon to do real justice to the piece.

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Thursday, May 11, 2023 — Saturday, May 27, 2023


Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 7:30 PM

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 from 7:30 PM

Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 3:00 PM

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 from 7:30 PM

Thursday, May 25, 2023 from 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 27, 2023 from 7:30 PM


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