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Brussels opera house to close for renovation

11:56 24/03/2014

Brussels opera house De Munt/La Monnaie will close on June 1 next year for eight months to carry out renovation works. Last week the federal government announced a grant of €11.6 million to finance the works.

The work will include, among other things, “the renovation of the stage floor, a reorganisation of the space below the stage, access corridors and the lift for stage scenery,” explained Servais Verherstraeten, secretary of state for public buildings. “Also, a number of changes in the theatre itself have become unavoidable, such as improvements to ventilation, decoration in the boxes and the artists’ entrance.”

The house is now looking for alternative venues for productions. The first production concerned, Rachmaninov Troika, a set of three works by Sergei Rachmaninov, will run from June 2015 in the former Marivaux cinema on Adolphe Maxlaan.

Work will take place from June 2015 until January 2016. Before that, work on the administrative building in Leopoldstraat behind the building will be carried out, together with workshops, offices and rehearsal spaces, starting this November.

 

photo courtesy europeanoperatours.com

Written by Alan Hope

Comments

salsadancer

Am surprised the opera house is again being renovated. I hope someone will find a way to embellish the entire outside area in front of the opera. All one sees are gray cobblestones, ratty bushes and landscaping, and trash floating around because the area is so "open plan". The opera house does not "sell itself" but looks sad and unattractive. How about some attractive trees, trimmed bushes, change of flowers with the seasons, fountain, just more "park like" rather than one huge slab of gray.

Mar 24, 2014 15:15