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Composer of the month


Sunday May 13, 2018





Warming up: 15.30 uur
Concert: 16.00 uur
Location: Diligentia
Lange Voorhout 5, Den Haag
Ticketlink: Klik hier

On Sunday May 13, 2018, 401DutchOperas and the Dutch Music Institute (NMI) organize a unique concert with forgotten operas of composers at the court of stadhouder William V in The Hague, composed for the French theater there in the period 1751-1793. Among the sloists are mezzo soprano Barbara Kozelj, soprano Elise Caluwaerts, tenor Marcel Reijans, Dutch baritone legend Marco Bakker, violin player Rémy Baudet, hobo player Martin Stadler, cellist Saskia van der Wel and harpsichordist/arranger Albert-Jan Roelofs. The young talent ensemble of muziekschool Den Haag with supervisor Peter le Feber will give several performances in teh Hague and Amsterdam on location with modern arangemnts. Of course they also takea part in the Diligentia concert concertprogramma.

Entrance:  22.50 • 32,50 (1e rang)
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Opera of the month


Sunday May 13, 2018

150ZingoniGiovanni Batista Zingoni was born in Italy, but after he had his operas  Zenobia en La finta sposa created in Amsterdam in in 1760 en 1761, he obtained a post at the court chapel of William V in The Hague in 1764. For the French Theatre in the  Casuaristraat he then composed the operas Le Passetemps d'amour (1764), Démocrite (ca. 1767), Les Talents à la mode (1778) and Le Bonheur et la vertu (1782). Only of Le Passetemps d'amour and Démocrite a handful of airs survived. Highlights from Le Passetemps d'amour will be performed in Diligentia The Hague on may 13, 2018 at 401Concerts 14. The three tenor arias from the opera are performed by Marcel Reijans in an arrangement for viool (Rémy Baudet), obo (Martin Stadler), cello (Saskia van der Wel) and ahrpsichord, by harpsichordist and arranger Albert-Jan Roelofs.

Date: Sunday May 13, 2018
Warming up 3.30 PM
Concert: 4 PM
Location: Diligentia, Lange Voorhout 5, Den Haag
Entrance: euro 22,50 • 32,50
Complete programme: Click here
Ticketlink: Click here

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401Concerts 10 De Nieuwe KHL (Concert v/d Maand)

401COncerts10-LOGO150On january 14, 2018, 401Concerts 10 presented a spectacular programme in De Nieuwe KHL in Amsterdam, the monumental former coffee lounge of the Lloyd's personel. Behind the present day café-restaurant with French and exotic kitchen lies hidden a fantastic Jugendstil concert hall. Heldentenor Hendrik Vonk, soprano Barbara Schilstra and pianist Wolter Willemsen perfomed there arias & duets from Dutch operas 1852-1931. Besides Hendrik's Heldentenor repertoire there is a sneak preview into our upcoming Jan Brandts Buys Festival of September 19-21 in Zutphen. This includes highlights of his operas Hero und Leander (1929) and Ulysses (1931). Our fieldwork in the Royal Collection is presented by Le roi de boheme (1852) of court composer Charles van der Does.

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MC van de Rovaart: Liefde (1895 Opera vd Maand)

401COncerts10-LOGO-ROVAART-frontpage150In Liefde (Love) Marinus Cornelis van de Rovaart proves himself to be a composer of cery tuneful music with influences of folk song, operette and opéra comique. In the song from Love, 'Hoort een krijger staat voor de deur' (Hear this warrior, he stands before the door), a soldier asks a girl if he can come in, since he has to go to war and is not sure if he will come back. This lovely aria was performed at 401Concerts 10, together with an excerpt from Van de Rovaart's opera Der verwunschene Prinz. Soloists are Heldentenor Hendrik Vonk, soprano Barbara Schilstra and pianist Wolter Willemsen

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Gerard von Brucken Fock (Composer of the Month November 2017)


Gerard von Brucken Fock was one of the most remarkable Dutch composers of all. He was financially independent yet tried to give away his fortune, he attempted divorce his wife to preserve their love and travelled through Europe for the Salvation Army, playing salvation songs on a barrel organ. His master piece is the as yet unperfomred opera Jozal from 1912. On Saturday November 18 highlights of Jozal will be performed by Heldentenor Hendrik Vonk, soprano Barbara Schilstra, baritone Frits Muusse and pianist Wolter Willemsen. Location: Oude Kerk (Old Church), Keizerstraat 8, Scheveningen (Netherlands). Begins at 3 PM. Free entrance (voluntary contribution).

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Hendrik Andriessen (componist v/d maand sept 2017)

150AndriessenPhilomelaFRONTLOGOIn the wake of the revival of Hendrik Andriessens De spiegel uit Venetië (The mirror of Venice) we have made the father of Jurrian & Louis Andriessen our Composer of the Month. There is also special attention for his first opera, Philomela, which we will shortly add to our downlaod programme, along with the 1967 recording of The mirror of Venice.

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Daniël de Lange: Lioba (Opera van de maand)

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In the wake of 401Concerts 4 in the OBA Concert Hall The Hague (Spui), December 18 2016, our opera of the month is Daniël de Lange's dramatic scène Lioba (1906). De Lange envisioned Lioba as his ulimate masterpiece, which could no longer be a mere formula work as his youth-opera The Fall of Kuilenburg. Lioba was crafted along the highest possible artistic standards. The text was a selection from the famous scène by Frederic van Eeden and unexpectedly old De Lange manifested himself as a revolutionary (anti-)dramatic composer alongside, say, Satie!! The premières in The Hague and elsewhere met with public acclaim but,  except for one, the reviews were among the most devastating ones in all Dutch musical history. De Lange's colleague 'composer-critics' either did not understand him or they had some scores to settle with him. Either way, they were effective: nothing more was heard of Lioba until the intimate introduction was revived at 401Concerts 3. This beautiful piece prompted us to bring the apex of the duet between Sancolf and Lioba in 401Concerts 4, with Barbara Schilstra as Lioba and Hendrik Vonk as Sancolf. Download from 20 December onwards.

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401Concerts 2 Vlaamse opera highlights

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On January 27 2016 soprano and baritone Joris Grouwels appeared in a unique concert with forgotten Flemish opera excerpts in Museum Vleeshuis, Antwerp. Performed were  arias and duets from once famous operas by August De Boeck, Jan Blockx, Emiel Wambach, Armand Limnander Van Nieuwenhove en François-Auguste Gevaert. In coproduction with the artists, 401DutchOperas filmed and recorded the concert. This can be download as 401Concerts Nr. 2.

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Gerard von Brucken Fock: Jozal (Opera o/t Month)


Gerard von Brucken Fock was one of the most remarkable composers that ever graced the Netherlands. He is best known for his wonderful piano music and his songs, but his true master piece is the unperformed opera Jozal from 1912. It is both unique and extreme in text and music, it is a mesmerizing, bewildering and highly individual opera. On Saturday November 18 highlights of Jozal were performed by Heldentenor Hendrik Vonk, soprano Barbara Schilstra, baritone Frits Muusse and pianist Wolter Willemsen. Location: Old Church, Keizerstraat 8, Scheveningen, Netherlands.

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Hendrik Andriessen: De Spiegel uit Venetië (1967)

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On 26-27 september 2017 Haarlem Opera and Andriessen/De Klerk Foundation realized the very first scenic performance of Hendrik Andriessens television opera The Mirror from Venice. A comedy revolving around composer Dirk Sweelinck who wants to teach a lesson to castle lord P.C. Hooft and his gathering at Muiden Castle, including Hooft's wife. All this because Sweelinck (the son of) is irritated that  they never took him serious until he suddenly became famous in Italy.

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401Concerts 4 (Composers v/d Maand)

150COncert418 December 2016, 401Concerts 4 live from the OBA Concert Hall The Hague, with opera arias & duets from the archives of the Nederlands Muziek Instituut. Soprano Barbara Schilstra, tenor Hendrik Vonk, bass-baritone Andreas Goetze and the 401DutchOpera Choir under Frits Muusse and pianist Wolter Willemsen shall perform arias and duets from Cornelis Dopper's De blinde van Casteel Cuillé (1894), Willem Landré's De roos van Dekama (1896), Daniël de Lange's Lioba (1906), Jan van Gilse’s Helga von Stavern (1911), Gerard von Brucken Fock's Jozal (1912), Emile von Brucken-Focks Seleneia (1914), Julius Röntgen's De lachende Cavalier (1918), Jan Brandts BuysDie Schneider von Schönau (1916) and Richard Hageman's Caponsacchi (1932). A unique programme with modern day creations. Caponsacchi is the only Dutch opera ever performed at the Metropolitan Opera New York. Lioba is on text by the celebrated Dutch author Frederik van Eeden, De roos van Dekama is after Jacob van Lennep. Röntgen and Dopper are composers known from the golden balustrade of the Concertgebouw. The Helga von Stavern and Jozal duets are absolute world premières! Downloadable from december 20.

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Gerard von Brucken Fock: Jozal

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On 18 December 2016 401Concerts 4 will bring the reprise of the tenor-monologue from Gerard von Brucken Fock's Jozal (1911), followed by the conclusion of the Act II duet between Jozal and Asdé (the beginning was performed at 401Concerts 3). The location of the December concert is the OBA Concert Hall in The Hague (Spui). Von Brucken Fock's opus magnum was far to extreme, bizar and revolutionary to be performed in its time. This was one of the many dissapointment that Von Brucken Fock had to endure in a life that was determined by extreme artistic and religious ideals. Take Jozal: he once firmly believed that it would succeed where Wagner's Parsifal had failed, in reforming the world! Von Brucken Fock, mostly renowned as a Chopin/Liszt follower, surprised also in his revolutionary music for Jozal. In it his romantic musical concepts of ere clash wildly with free tonality and sound clusters for which the name has yet to be found! In musical terms Jozal is overwhelming and often unique! Jozal's monologue and the beginning of the anti-love duet en Jozal/Asdé are downloadable in the 401Concerts 3 creation of Denzil Delaere and Jolien De Gendt. During 401Concerts 4 tenor Hendrik Vonk and soprano Barbara Schilstra shall perform the conclusion of this phenomenal duet. Available as download from 20 december onwards.

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François-Auguste Gevaert

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Remembered mostly as director of the Brussels Conservatory and for his theoretical publications, François-Auguste Gevaert is slowly regaining some of his former stature as as a composer. In 2015 the Brussels Conservatory performed his Offenbach-like opera Le capitaine Henriot (preserved by us on film) and we present highlights from his most famous opera, Quentin Durward, sung by baritone Joris Grouwels and soprano Pauline Lebbe. 401DutchOperas released the video as download under 401Concerts Nr. 2.

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