Brussels’ federal opera house La Monnaie / De Munt regained international elan under director Gerard Mortier (1981-1991), who thoroughly reformed chorus, orchestra and repertoire in his revolutionary quest for a modern opera. Bernard Foccroulle (1992-2007) secured the resulting increase in appeal by following the artistic policies of his predecessor, while enlarging the scope to include Baroque music and contemporary creation. He also invited leading artists as Antonio Pappano, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Philippe Boesmans.
Current director Peter de Caluwe, who succeeded Bernard Foccroulle in 2007, remains faithful to the importance given to drama in the previous decades, but has nonetheless introduced new aesthetics and a new generation of directors and singers. Today, La Monnaie continues to realise its role as an inclusive and open place of creation.