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24.09.2021 at 19h00 CET
Friday, September 24, 2021 - 19:00

La Monnaie / De Munt

The Time of Our Singing

Singing might make more sense of life than living had to start with


During Marian Anderson's historic concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, a white man and a black woman fall in love. During the turbulent half-century that follows, they try to protect their three musically gifted children from prejudices they themselves have suffered.


Belgian avant-garde jazz pianist and composer Kris Defoort’s new opera is a fascinating symbiosis between jazz and classical music deeply rooted in the now. Inspired by Richard Powers' great American novel, The Time of Our Singing tells the story of a mixed-race family against the backdrop of racial segregation in the USA. In the world premiere at La Monnaie, Ted Hoffman's production lets official history and intimate stories collide to explore issues of identity, race and art.

World premiere on 14 September 2021. Streamed on OperaVision live from Brussels on 24 September 2021.


Sung in English. Subtitles available in English during the live and in French, German and Dutch shortly after the live, with the option of auto-translation into over 100 other languages.

Available from
24.09.2021 at 19h00 CET

Available until
24.03.2022 at 12h00 CET

Delia DaleyClaron McFadden
William DaleyMark S. Doss
David StromSimon Bailey
JonahLevy Sekgapane
JoeyPeter Brathwaite
RuthAbigail Abraham
Lisette SoerLilly Jørstad
StudentsChloé Bryan, Issaïah Fiszman, Eva Rose Thys
PianistDavid Zobel
ChorusLa Monnaie's Children's and Youth Choir and other children from Brussels, led by Benoît Giaux
OrchestraLa Monnaie Chamber orchestra, Jazz quartet (Mark Turner, Lander Gyselinck, Nicolas Thys, Hendrik Lasure)

TextPeter van Kraaij, based on the novel by Richard Powers
ConductorKwamé Ryan
DirectorTed Huffman
Set DesignerJohannes Schütz
Costume DesignerAstrid Klein
Lighting DesignerBernd Purkrabek
ChoreographerAlan Barnes
DramaturgPeter van Kraaij & Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
Video DirectorPierre Martin