L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato


Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie

Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie

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Choreography Mark Morris
Music George Frideric Handel - L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
Scenic Design Adrianne Lobel
Costume Design Christine Van Loon
Lighting Design James F. Ingalls
Instrumentation orchestra and chorus; four vocal soloists
Number of Dancers 24
Runtime Part the First: 55 minutes, Part the Second: 45 minutes


Mark Morris’ premiere work as Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium.

On L’Allegro‘s 25th Anniversary, MMDG launched the L’Allegro Stories blog to commemorate the milestone through a collection of stories from people around the globe who have been touched by this work. All are welcome to read and contribute to the blog.

On March 27, 2015, at 9pm L’Allegro made its broadcast debut on PBS’ Great Performances.

Press Quotes

  • "Masterpiece isn't a word to be thrown around lightly, but there's no denying that Mark Morris's "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato" is thrillingly that. "
    New York Times
  • "The entire spectacle represents one of those rare theatrical occasions by which those present measure their lives."
    The Times Literary Supplement (London)
  • "Morris has concerned himself with every last feeling in the test, every felicity of Handel's score, and produced a work that boasts a clear-eyed, generous view of humanity."
    Financial Times
  • "L'Allegro is a brilliant fusion of music, choreography, dancing and theatrical whimsy that reaches from Handel's era to the present in a quite wonderful way...a joy in every respect, a masterpiece of the twentieth century."
    The Chicago Tribune
  • "L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato is heavenly, from start to finish."
    Daily Telegraph