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BEETHOVEN BY CEES NIEUWENHUIZEN

401Concerts27ComposerFrontOn Friday June 10, 2022 401 Dutch Operas and Apollo Ensemble present the world premiere of the torso of Beethoven's first opera Vestas Feuer, as reconstructed by Cees Nieuwenhuizen. Location: Beethoven Festival Zutphen. The question what Beethoven does in the 401 Dutch Operas compendium is answered in that book, which will be published at the end of 2022/beginning of 2023 in the DATO series of publisher Lecturis. More important than the rumour that Beethoven was actually born in Zutphen, is perhaps the fact that Dutch composer Cees Nieuwenhuizen reconstructed Vestas Feuer for 401DutchOperas, including completely unknown sketches for scenes 2 to 8. The world premiere will take place in Theater De Hanzehof in Zutphen, Friday evening June 10, 2022 at 8.45 pm. With Barbara Schilstra (Volivia), Renate Arends (Sericia), Sartagones (Marcel Reijans), Timothy Veryser (Malo), Nanco de Vries (Porus) & Apollo Ensemble. After the intermission, the Apollo Ensemble accompanies plays Beethoven's Egmont, staged (!), with soprano Renate Arends.

10 JUNE 2020, Buitensocieteit De Hanzehof, Zutphen.

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BEETHOVEN/NIEUWENHUIZEN: VESTAS FEUER • 10 JUNI 2022

VestasMaandBanner72On Friday June 10, 2022 401 Dutch Operas and Apollo Ensemble present the world premiere of the torso of Beethoven's first opera, Vestas Feuer, as reconstructed by Cees Nieuwenhuizen. Venue is  the Beethoven Festival Zutphen. 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 from the sketches for scenes 2 to 8. The world premiere will take place in Theater De Hanzehof in Zutphen, Friday evening June 10, 2022 at 8.45 pm. With Barbara Schilstra (Volivia), Renate Arends (Sericia), Sartagones (Marcel Reijans), Timothy Veryser (Malo), Nanco de Vries (Porus) & Apollo Ensemble. After the intermission, the Apollo Ensemble plays Beethoven's Egmont, staged (!), with soprano Renate Arends.

10 JUNE 2020, Buitensocieteit De Hanzehof, Zutphen.

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STYLE

STIJLThis website will in time attempt to answer the question if there is 'a Dutch style'. As surprising as it may sound to those coming from countries with a living opera tradition, this is an open question in The Netherlands. The reason: from those operas composed before 1945, there is hardly a single note available in terms of recordings. Scores are partly lost or survive only fragementary, others have to be deciphered from obscure handwritings.

ANTHOLOGY

Accent401DutchOperas is now initiating a book that will include all ca. 250 major Dutch operas composed with extensive plot summarys and musical descriptions. Their composers will be introduced, the genesis and performance history of their works shall be examined, along with a stylistic analyses and an introduction to the highlights of those scores.

An introductory chapter will provide a summary of the history of Dutch opera from its beginnings until its present state of affairs. This should include a survey of the rise and fall of The Netherlands' many opera companies since the 1680s.

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AIM

Scene from Peter-Jan Wageman's opera Legende (Legend)(© 2011 DNO-Marco Borgggreve)Our aim is to restore the history of Dutch Operas. Since none of these operas are currently known, we use as much audio visual material as possible, to bring Dutch Operas back to life. The success of our aim is determined by the accessibility of these operas.

401DutchOperas should surprise, and make one curious after these works, their composers and their artistic environment. Only in that way can we hope to achieve our ultimate goal: the revival of Dutch operatic tradition!