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401DutchOperas Anthology I

BookCover174The first part of the 401DutchOperas Anthology covers the period from Sweelinck (1595) to the French Period 1814. The book will be published in 2023 by the Dato Fund in collaboration with the Netherlands Music Institute Foundation. Included are opera composers such as Vondel/Padbrué, Huygens and the Amsterdam Liedschool composers 1687-1715: Hacquart/Buysero, Petersen, Anders and Schenck. In the first half of the 18th century also Van Blankenburg, De Fesch and Zingoni. From the period of Stadtholder William V: Jacob Jan van Wassenaer Obdam, Josina van Boetzelaer, Gottfried van Swieten, Belle van Zuylen, Colizzi, JMeissner, Just, the Mulligen brothers, and Mozart in The Hague. In the French Period: Bartholomeus Ruloffs, Jean des Communes and Ludwig van Beethoven, of whom the story is examined that he was born in Zutphen. A biographical sketch is given for each composer, followed by the plot summaries of those operas by his or her hand of which music survived. These plots are followed by a discussion of the work and a discography. The CDs in and around the book contain highlights from almost all the works discussed.

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Opera of the month


VestasMaandBanner72In June 2022, 401 Dutch Operas presented a try-out (with reduced orchestra) of the torso of Beethoven's first opera, Vestas Feuer, as reconstructed by Cees Nieuwenhuizen. Vestas Feuer was composed in 1803 on a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, librettist of Die Zauberflöte! It is an exciting adventure story full of miraculous escapes and with outstanding music. Including two world premieres of completely unknown Beethoven opera arias that Nieuwenhuizen reconstructed for us from the never before examined sketches for scenes 2 to 8. We are now looking into possibilities to have a staged world-premiere with full orchestra.

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Monique Krüs


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


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Monique Krüs: Peter De Grote

August 2, 3, 2013
Groninger Museum 

August 22, 2013
Hermitage Amsterdam

Hans Kox: Dorian Gray

Hans Kox fabulous opera Dorian Gray took 40 years to be released on CD. All details you find here

Kox's biography you find here

The CD can be ordered here


227 2 Falstaffrivisto flyerOpera Spanga and the Rosa ensemble give Verdi's opera a short hunderd and thirty years later a complete update: Falstaff becomes Falstaff Rivisto. Rosa's composers 'decomposed' Verdi's masterpiece. Acoustic sounds are mixed with electronics, The opera in set against a stage of four centuries of art history.

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Componist: Caroline Ansink
Jonathan Levi

For the moment you should use Google translate to read the Dutch text. We hope to provide a professional translation soon.



Carolus Hacquarts De Triomfeerende Min in schitterende reconstructie van Camerata Trajectina op het Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht. Verkrijgbaar op cd, binnenkort met filmfragmenten van de voorstelling uit Augustus 2012! Lees verder hier

Floris van Bergeijk - Romeo en Julia

401NLO-LOGO-ROMEO-EN-JULIA-SpangaRomeo en Julia, het paradijs ligt onder de voeten van je moeder

(de)Composer: Floris van Bergeijk naar Berlioz, Bellini, Gounod, Rota, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky en Prokofjev.

Performance schedule: 31 juli (wereldpremière), 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 , 11 augustus 2013 

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Donna Giovanna.

LIVE VERSLAG IN BEELD & GELUID VAN Donna Giovanna als drive-in movie! Verkrijgbaar op DVD!...

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Caroline Ansink

CAROLINE logoCaroline Ansink

a biography of the composer of Stuyvesant Zero can be found here.

NOW ONLINE: exclusive interview with Caroline Ansink, with unique sound & video fragments of her music.

Cloris en Roosje

CLORISROOSJEThe original CLORIS & ROOSJE 1686 / 1707

A Camerata Trajectina rediscovery, for the first time ever on CD:  a milestone in the rediscovery of Dutch opera !!!!

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Dutch Vocal ArtThis website serves to promote Dutch (and Flemish) Operas. Surprisingly, more than 400 Dutch operas have been composed since Carolus Hacquarts & Dirk Buysero’s opera De triomferende min (The triumphant servant) since 1680.