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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

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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. With Heldentenor Hendrik Vonk, soprano Barbara Schilstra, baritone Frits Muusse and pianist Wolter Willemsen.

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Floris van Bergeijk: Electric flute

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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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Misha Mengelberg: Cows

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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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Karel Miry: Bouchard d'Avesnes

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On March 2, 2014, Karel Miry's legendary Flemish grand opéra Bouchard d'Avesnes wasperformed in Koninklijk Muziekconsevatorium Gent, Belgium. Lyrica Gent braught an impressive ensemble with Placido Domingo adept tenor Daniel Astorga Fonseca, Jolien de Gendt, Paul Claus and many others. Now, in April 2015, we hope to soon be able to finally offer excerpts of this stunning opera as video/audio downloads. Bouchard d'Avesnes will also feature in our first ever 401DutchOperas concert of April 26, 2015, in Hoog-Keppel.

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RICHARD HAGEMAN

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Composer of the Month is Richard Hageman, who had an amazing American career as a composer of songs and film music. he also wrote an opera, Caponsacchi. Hageman was arguably the most successful Dutch composer since Sweelinck, and yet... completely forgotten in The Netherlands. Find out why in his full English language biography.

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Caponsacchi

Richard Hageman's opera Caponsacchi met with great success when premiered in Weimar, 1934. A broadcast of a German performance was broadcast in the USA, where the opera was finally premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1937. It was and is the only opera by a Dutch composer ever to be performed there.

Reinbert de Leeuw

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On Sunday, September 8, Reinbert de Leeuw turned 75. We celebrate his birthday with a massive retrospect including his operas Reconstructie, Axel, and the world premieres he conducted at DNO.

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Martijn Padding: Laika (2014)

From 3 to 8 juni 2014 Martijn Paddings opera Laika was premiered at the Holland Festival Amsterdam. Laika deals with a television host who breaks down over viewer statstics and wants to join the floating first man and dog in space, Juri Gagarin and Laika. ARTICLE IN ENGLISH!

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Karel Miry

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Flemish composer Karel Miry (1823-1889) played a crucial role in the rise of Flemish music. Except the Flemish hymn, he also composed a number of grand opéras operas, among them such legendary titles as Charles Quint en Bouchard d'Avesnes. Charles Quint was performed by Lyrica Gent in 2013. By 2014 they presented Bouchard d'Avesnes , which presented Miry at the peak of his art. Both operas will have a part in the first even 401DutchOperas live concert of April 26, 2015, in Hoog_keppel. In addition we will peform an excerpt of The poet and his Ideal. Miry's biography:

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WAGENAAR: DE SCHIPBREUK

On February 8 and 9, 2014, Johan Wagenaar's De Schipbreuk was performed in Amsterdam, with Francis van Broekhuizen, Mark Omvlee, and Sinan Vural. We filmed the performance and published the entire performance on the pages devoted to this delightful little opera.

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Reinbert de Leeuw: Reconstructie

Opera of the Month is the notorious masterpiece Reconstructie from 1969. This amazing work redefined classical music in The Netherlands with a big bang. Reinbert de Leeuw was co-composer.

Monique Krüs

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A full biography, discography and index of Monique Krüs selected vocal works.

 

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