Tag Archives: Dutch National Opera

Tannhäuser at DNO: no ‘director’s theatre’ but subtle view on hypocrisy around love

Recently, a petition was launched for the restoration of Olivier Keegel’s press accreditation by Dutch National Opera. They no longer provide press tickets because he fiercely attacked Pierre Audi’s programming on the Flemish blog Operagazet and in the Dutch newspaper … Continue reading

Posted in music, review | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in music, news | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Teodor Currentzis: Music to die for

He is praised and reviled for his idiosyncratic approach to classical masterpieces. According to Teodor Currentzis (1972) this is ‘a myth, I only do what the composer wants’. On Monday 7 May he will make his debut at Dutch National … Continue reading

Posted in music, news | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

George Benjamin on his opera Written on Skin: ‘We emphasize the unnatural’

George Benjamin (1960) is composer in focus of the coming Holland Festival. Apart from the Dutch premiere of his recent opera ‘Lessons in Love & Violence’ there’s a semi-staged performance of ‘Written on Skin’. Benjamin composed this highly successful opera in … Continue reading

Posted in background, music | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Julia Bullock sings Anne Truelove in #TheRakesProgress: ‘Anne is a very mature woman’

At the first opportunity he abandons her. He leads a debauched life, marries someone else and ends up in the madhouse. Yet Anne Truelove keeps loving Tom Rakewell, the main character in The Rake’s Progress. On 1 February, Dutch National … Continue reading

Posted in music, news | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments