Such as the first opera production of the season: La clemenza di Tito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. For the first time, the well-known theatre maker Milo Rau will tackle the opera genre head-on. He situates Mozart's 'Enlightenment opera' in today's reality in which people forced into exile are treated inhumanely. Non-professional players and refugees are given a voice in his staging.
This co-production was made for the Geneva Opera, but could only be digitally streamed there at the height of the corona crisis. The Belgian premiere will therefore be the first live performance of this production conducted by music director Alejo Pérez. The British tenor Jeremy Ovenden plays Tito, the Polish soprano Anna Malesza-Kutny is Vitellia and Anna Goryachova is Sesto.
Alain Platel describes his work as an encounter between people who stay in one place for too long. "And suddenly something happens." After the international success of C(H)OEURS, he is now bringing together the dancers, chorus and Symphony Orchestra of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen with singer and performer TK Russell for a new hybrid production: Ombra. This time he is working with music by Handel, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, among others. The set design is by Belgian visual artist Berlinde de Bruyckere.