L’Elisir d’Amore and Powder her Face at La Monnaie

During its planned renovations, Brussels’ venerable opera institution La Monnaie will be putting on performances both at Le Cirque Royale and Les Halles de Schaerbeek.

Drop us an email titled “A night at the opera” at wewrite@thewordmagazine.com, stating which performance you’d like to take your friends to – either L’Elisir d’Amore or Powder her face – attaching to it you’re best selfie ever. The first 20 readers to do so will each win three tickets: one for them, two for their friends.


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L’Elisir d’Amore, Donizeti’s piece which dominated Italian opera in the 1830s and which plays at Le Cirque Royale, gets a breath of fresh air given to it by Venetian director Damiano Michieletto and his team, who’ve dreamed up a mondern-day version of this timely classic. At Les Halles de Schaerbeek, it is a somewhat much-more daring, and infamous, story that is put in play. With Powder her Face, director Mariusz Trelinski portrays the fall of raunchy socialite the Duchess of Argyll, also known as the Dirty Duchess, who fell from grace for a series of revealing Polaroids of her performing a blowjob that literally turned the British upperclass upside down. Two plays sure to confirm La Monnaie’s reputation as a forward-looking institution intent on leaving its mark on the international scene.


Powder her face ©Biel

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L’Elisir d’Amore
From 8th to 18th September
Le Cirque Royale, Brussels
Powder her Face
From 22nd to 30th September, then on 2nd and 3rd October
Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels