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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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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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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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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)

MartijnPaddingLogoIn June 2014, Dutch composer Martijn Padding (1956) presented his second opera, Laika. He then became composer of the month June.

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Floris van Bergeijk: Electric flute


In a coproduction with the Oranjewoud Festival the experimental Opera Spanga ensemble now brings Electric Flute by Floris van Bergeijk/W.A. Mozart. In this electrifying "remix" popsingers, electric guitars, operasingers and orchestra players attack each other in search of love, revenge and power.  401DutchOperas is of course the first to bring this electrifying remix in pictures and sound by means of slide shows and a video trailer!

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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


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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Misha Mengelberg: Cows


The Ukrainian-Dutch composer Micha Mengelberg (of ao Reconstructie 1969) was working on the opera Koeien (Cows) when Alzheimer prevented him from finishing it. The opera was completed by  Guus Janssen, Cherry Duyns, Han Bennink and others. They made it an opera from and about Mengelberg! Premiere 9/10 June Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam.

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