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DUTCH OPERA IN THE FRENCH THEATRE THE HAGUE 1751-1790

500DIligentiaFrontOn Sunday May 13, 2018, 401DutchOperas and the Dutch Music Institute (NMI) organize a 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 Hans de Vries, violin player Rémy Baudet, hobo player Martin Stadler, cellist Saskia van der Wel and harpsichordist/arranger Albert-Jan Roelofs. The young talent ensemble of Music Academy The Hague with supervisor Peter le Feber will give several on location performances in the Hague and Amsterdam with modern arrangements.

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FROM MOZART TO BRANDTS BUYS in DE NIEUWE KHL

FrontpageBannerKHLOn Sunday 29 april De Nieuwe KHL Amsterdam presented a preview of our three main 2018 projects. Sopranos Esmée van Nieuwenhuizen and Gina de Jong of Music Academy The Hague brought a preview of our Dutch Royal Court Opera in Mozart times with arias by Colizzi, baron Gottfried van Swieten and Mozart. Dutch late romanticism was presented with Jan van Gilse’s Helga von Stavern (1911), sung by soprano Barbara Schilstra and baritone Hans de Vries. A preview of our Jan Brandts Buys Festival in september featured arias & duets from Hero und Leander (1919), Der Eroberer (1921) and Ulysses (1931). Jan ten Bokum played romantic piano pieces by the composer. All related to our first official cd-release, a studio recoridng of Jan Brandts Buys' opera Micarême, also presented here.

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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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401Concerts 10 De Nieuwe KHL (CvdM)

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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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.