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Composer of the month

JAN BRANDTS BUYS FESTIVAL ZUTPHEN
21-23 SEPT 2018

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From Friday September 21 until Sunday September 23 401DutchOperas organizes the JAN BRANDTS BUYS FESTIVAL ZUTPHEN 2018, on the occasion of the composer's 150th birthday. Brandts Buys (1868 -1933) was (and remains to date) the most successful Dutch opera composer in history. Since its 1916 premiere his opera Die Schneider von Schönau has been performed over 1000 times throughout Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switserland and the Netherlands. Operas such as Der Mann im Mond and Micarême had international success as well. Stars such as Richard Tauber created his works at the most important German stages. Our Brandts Buys Festival Zutphen features a shimmering line up of Dutch opera stars, starting with the Zutphen born diva Johannette Zomer, who is featured in both the opera recital on Saturday September 22 in Hanzehof as in the Song recital on Sunday September 23. Cello player Jeroen den Herder and the Cello Festival are featured with a guest performance. Organ player Frank van Wijk plays the mighty Bader organ of the recently restaurated Walburgis Church. Apart from solo organ works of Brandts Buys there are also songs for organ performed by our biggest opera voices. There's an exhibition with a recital including songs composed by 5 generations Brandts Buys. There's a recital with his music for piano including all Festival pianists. The Festival discloses a veritable survey of Brandts Buys's oeuvre 1891-1932: live in front of the audience and then for the rest of the world by means of the cd-issues that we will publish of the recorded performances.

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Opera of the month

JAN BRANDTS BUYS: MICARÊME (CD)

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Simulataneously with the Jan Brandts Buys Festival Zutphen 2018 we have released the promo-CD with Brandts Buys's complete one act opera Micarême (with Denzil Delaere, Jolien De Gendt and Hans de Vries. As a bonus the CD includes  arias from Die Schneider von Schönau (Jolien De Gendt), Hero und Leander (Barbara Shilstra), songs (Hendrik Vonk) and piano compositions (Jan ten Bokum). This unique CD, the first one ever devoted entirely to the compositions of Brandts Buys, was promoted on Sunday September 16 in the Dutch Television program Podium Witteman, where some copies were handed out to viewers. The pressing is a limited edition. The CD is distributed exclusively at our concerts and through our 401Sales website, through these links:

For the CD klick CD LINK

For the MP3 donload (with full arrtwork included) klick Download link.

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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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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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Gevaert: Quentin Durward

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Gevaert's opera Quentin Durward was premiered at the Paris Opéra-Comique in 1858. It spread to Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Switserland and The Netherlands. On a libretto by Eugène Cormon & Michel Carré after Walter Scott, the opera is considered Gevaert's masterpiece. We filmed these highlights at the concert of Joris Grouwels and Pauline Lebbe in Museum Vleeshuis, Antwerp. They are a valuable extension of the currently available repertoire from the Opéra-Comique of those days and available for download under 401Concerts Nr. 2.

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Limnander van Nieuwenhove

WebLogoLimnanderThe Flemish composer Armand Limnander van Nieuwenhove conquered Paris in 1847 with his opéra-comique Les Monténégrins. Meyer- beer respected him, Auber copied him, yet his name fell into complete oblivion. Recently soprano Pauline Lebbe sang an aria from De Nieuwenhove's opéra-comique Le Maître-Chanteur from 1853 (post Wagner's work renamed into Maximilien à Francfort). 401DutchOperas was there to capture this precious moment on film.

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UNIQUE VIDEO DUTCH OPERA ARIAS CONCERT

ConcertFrrontThe video and audio downloads of the April 26, 2015, 401DutchOperas Concert are now available here. They include stunning performances of arias and duets from Dutch and Flemish operas. Participating are soprano Jolien De Gendt, tenor Denzil Delaere, and pianist Pieter Dhoore. Performed were duets and arias from operas by Ten Cate, Van Bree, Von Brucken-Fock, Brandts-Buys, Eckert, Lilien, Jan Rijken, Harry Mayer, De Pauw, and Miry.

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Martijn Padding (1956)

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Jan van Gilse: Helga von Stavern

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Because of his opera Thijl (1940) Jan van Gilse now counts as The Netherlands's most important opera composer but he would not find recognition until 35 years after his tragic death in 1944. His first opera Helga von Stavern failed to make it to any stage because of the bizarre Marxist-political libretto. 401Concerts 4 (18 December 2016 in the OBA Concert Hall The Hague - Spui) will bring the reprise of Helga's monologue 'Ist es denn wahr?', in which the Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde blends with Elektra. Additionally we will bring the world premiere of the final duet between Haron and Helga, with bass-baritone Andreas Goetze and soprano Barbara Schilstra. Helga's monologue from the earlier concert is available  in the creation of Jolien De Gendt via 401Concerts 3 download. The creations of Schilstra and Goetze shall be made available as 401Concerts 4 download from December 20 onwards.

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Vlaams Opera Symposium

LogoSympIn December 2015 a special symposium on past and future of Flemish operas was organized in the Ghent Opera, focusing the rise of Flemish opera in 1840 to the fin de siècle works by Jan Blockx, Emiel Wambach and Paul Gilson. Lecturers were Adelheid Ceulemans, Jan Dewilde and Johanna Ferket. Following a panel discussed the sense or nonsense of reviving the best operas of BlockxWambach or Paul Gilson today. This resulted in a heated discussion!

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Ignace Lilien • Beatrijs

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Polish-Dutch composer Ignace Lilien (1867-1943) scored one of the greatest successes in Dutch operatic history, with Beatrijs (1928). We wil perform some of its most impressive excerpts at the very first 401DutchOperas live concert of April 26, 2015, in Hoog-Keppel. Among these excerpts the exuberant central duet Beatrijs–Gratiaan stands out.

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G.F. de Pauw: Bellida (1897)

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Dutch composer Gustaaf Francies de Pauw (1867-1943) composed but one opera, in 1897: Bellida. With the unique 2003/2004 revival now being opera of the month, we made De Pauw composer of the month February. Bellida also features in our first ever 401DutchOperas live concert of April 26, 2015, in Hoog-Keppel, where Flemish tenor Denzil Delaere shall sing the Act I aubade of Bertino, 'Le mai sur le charmille'.

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Arnoud Noordegraaf: As Big As The Sky

401DUTCHOPERA-NORDEGRAAF-As-Big-As-The-Sky-coverIn his opera As Big As The Sky which mixes traditional Kunqu opera and Wagnerian late romantic, Dutch composer Arnoud Noordegraaf investigates the clash of cultures between East and West, tradition and avant garde, romanticism and reality. With decors by Ai Weiwei.

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