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News from the Members

Update on next year's WS Brussels weekend featuring the new Lohengrin at La Monnaie
Booking forms now available for this excellent weekend organised by the Cercle Belge francophone Richard Wagner on the occasion of Olivier Py's new production of Lohengrin.

The President of the Cercle belge francophone, Monsieur Jean-Paul Mullier, has issued an invitation to members to come to the European capital on the occasion of the re-opening of one of the most prestigious Wagner opera houses.

The WS (French speaking) of Belgium are organising a weekend on 21 and 22 April 2018 around the new production of Lohengrin.

The renovation works that have necessitated the closure of La Monnaie over the past two years are now completed, and the much-awaited and reported new Lohengrin, directed by Olivier Py is on the progreamme.  Following discussions with the director of the opera house, M. Peter de Caluwe, a number of places have been reserved for Wagner Societies for the matinée at 3pm on 22 April 2018.

Also on this occasion, the foyer has been offered on Saturday 21 April for lectures to be organised by the Wagner Society.  As speaker we shall be privileged to hear Professor Michal Piotr Mrozowicki of the University of Gdansk, who will speak about performances of Lohengrin in Brussels and in in France.  We hope also to have as speakers the Dramaturg and others involved in the production.

Guests will also enjoy a private tour of La Monnaie.

The programme will round up with a meal on the Saturday evening and a visit on Sunday morning to the "Fin de Siècle " museum, which has an interesting section devoted to Richard Wagner.

The WS will not book hotels for visitors, but can give participants a list of useful addresses.  Hotels in Brussels are affordable and of a high standard.

The costs and dates are as follows:
Saturday 21 April - 10:00 - lectures and private tour of La Monnaie - €10
Saturday evening - festive dinner - price around €70-80, although this will depend on the number of participants and is only an estimation at this stage.
Sunday 22 April - opera ticket prices : Cat 1 - €139, Cat 2 - €114, Cat 3 - €89

In addition to this musical week-end, other dates are available for Lohengrin on the website of La Monnaie.
Opera tickets should be booked as soon as possible and the funds paid to the WS account as follows:

IBAN : BE71 2100 5126 6269
Reference : W-E Lohengrin 2018

RWVI members are invited to note the attachment below, which contains full programme details for all the events taking place over the weekend of 21-22 April 2018.

Please note that these do NOT include opera tickets, as it is assumed you will already have booked these.

If you would like to partiicpate in these various activities, please download the form below and indicate your choices.  The events choices are given as a series of options (formules).  Once completed, please send to the WS Brussels as follows:

Avenue François Sebrechts 50 Bte 6
B-1080 BRUXELLES        Belgium