La Monnaie opera

Théâtre de la Monnaie: The Nation’s Birthplace

“On August 25th, 1830, La Muette de Portici, by Daniel Auber, was playing at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, as part of Dutch King William I’s three-day festival in honor of the 15th year of his reign. Loosely based on the uprising of Masaniello, the leader of the revolt against Spanish rule in Naples in 1647, the story inspired the spectators with its nationalistic views. Already displeased with the Dutch domination, the Belgians needed very little convincing to overturn the current ruling party. The theatergoers rose, and while shouting ‘Aux armes, aux armes,’ left the theater. Shortly after, riots broke out in the streets and uprisings followed in the country. A couple of months later, the Kingdom of Belgium was established.”
A Literary Tour of Brussels

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