Author Archives: theaderks

Hilda Paredes immortalises Afro-American freedom fighter in her opera ‘Harriet’.

On Friday 9 November Harriet by Hilda Paredes will be performed in November Music, in a production by Muziektheater Transparant. The opera is dedicated to the legendary Afro-American freedom fighter Harriet Tubman (c. 1822-1913), who escaped from slavery in the … Continue reading

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Nederlandse Reisopera: Tosca als reality-soap

De thematiek van Puccini’s opera Tosca uit 1900 is van alle tijden. Een cocktail van hartstochtelijke liefde, politieke rebellie, wellust en verraad is geconcentreerd rond de persoon van Floria Tosca. Regisseur Harry Fehr presenteert dit verhaal als een reality-soap, met … Continue reading

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Met de Os in vogelvlucht naar Muziekbiënnale Venetië

Vrijdag 28 september 2018 stap ik, samen met ‘mijn Os’ op het vliegtuig naar Venetië. – Welke Os? Nou, die van mijn nieuwste boekje, Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht. Ik schreef deze beknopte introductie … Continue reading

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Liza Lim extends double-bass technique

On Saturday 29 September the French double-bass player Florentin Ginot gave the Italian premiere of Table of Knowledge that Liza Lim composed for him. It was one of four pieces in his theatrical concert Not Here, the other composers on … Continue reading

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Een os op het dak: “Een must voor muziekliefhebber en onderwijs”

Donderdag 13 september werd Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht gelanceerd in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. Ik overhandigde het officiële eerste exemplaar aan componist Richard Ayres, wiens muziektheatrale werk The Garden zijn Amsterdamse première beleefde in een uitvoering door … Continue reading

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Me, Peer Gynt: What does it mean to be oneself?

Pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama descends to the lowest registers of her instrument with some powerful bangs, then keeps the keys pressed down. She attentively watches Maya Fridman, whose fingers slowly creep up the A-string close to the bridge of her cello. … Continue reading

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Monique Krüs: ‘The story always comes first’

Monique Krüs (1959) gathered fame as a soprano excelling in ultra-modern repertoire, then started composing and has since taken up conducting as well. ‘Everything I do is about communication, I want to move people, tell a story.’ This summer she … Continue reading

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Lessons in Love and Violence: smouldering music fails to animate icy drama

‘Love is poison’, Mortimer tells the king in the first scene of Lessons in Love and Violence. The military adviser denounces his relationship with Gaveston, on whom he heaps favours while his subjects are starving. ‘Don’t bore me with the … Continue reading

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George Benjamin on Lessons in Love & Violence: ‘Martin Crimp wrings music from me’ #HF18

The world premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love & Violence unleashed a true flood of 4 and 5 star reviews. Martin Crimp wrote the libretto, as he had done for Benjamin’s earlier operas Into the Little Hill and … Continue reading

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Maya Fridman: Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel with hardrock attitude

The Russian-Dutch Maya Fridman (Moscow, 1989) plays classical and contemporary music as well as rock, jazz, folk and flamenco. Communication with the audience is her most important goal, so why limit herself to a particular style or genre? The website … Continue reading

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