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Micha Hamel on his opera Caruso a Cuba: ‘Caruso is trapped in his star status’

It all started at a book market during a holiday in Berlin, with the book Wo Aida Caruso fand. This German translation of Como un mensajero tuyo (As Your Messenger) of the Cuban author Mayra Montero at once triggered Micha … Continue reading

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Ingo Metzmacher on Das Floss der Medusa: ‘Death is a very seductive woman’

On Tuesday 13 March the Opera Forward Festival opened with Das Floss der Medusa (The Raft of the Medusa) by Hans Werner Henze. This oratorio from 1968 fits in seamlessly with the theme of the third edition: Fate and Awareness. … Continue reading

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Opera The New Prince: pretentious bombast

It is not easy to visit an opera unbiased when it is presented as a stunning piece of contemporary social criticism. Especially if it evokes such totally opposite reactions. The one calls The New Prince ‘an opera in the vein … Continue reading

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Podcast Moritz Eggert on his opera Caliban: ‘Our exploitation of others now comes back to us’

The theme of the 2nd edition of the Amsterdam based Opera Forward Festival is ‘macht/onmacht’ (‘power/powerlessness’ ). The German composer Moritz Eggert composed Caliban for the Asko|Schönberg ensemble, three singers and a narrator. The libretto by Peter te Nuyl is based on … Continue reading

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Fortress Europe: Prachtmuziek van Calliope Tsoupaki, problematisch libretto

Tijdens het slotapplaus voor haar nieuwe opera Fortress Europe schittert Calliope Tsoupaki (1963) maandag 20 maart door afwezigheid. Pijnlijk foutje in de communicatie bij deze productie van het Opera Forward Festival en Opera Trionfo in de Stadsschouwburg van Amsterdam. Jammer, … Continue reading

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Krzysztov Warlikowski: ‘Bergs schuldgevoel leidde tot gruwelijke opera Wozzeck’

‘Hoe kleiner de gemeenschap hoe bekrompener de geest’, zegt Krzysztof Warlikowski. De Poolse regisseur maakt deze maand zijn debuut bij De Nationale Opera met Wozzeck van Alban Berg. Het is de tweede keer dat hij dit iconische werk van de twintigste eeuw … Continue reading

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George Pieterson in #PanoramadeLeeuw

Op zondag 24 april overleed de klarinettist George Pieterson, die jarenlang de eerste stoel bezette in het Concertgebouworkest. Hij speelde ook graag kamermuziek en trok de wereld rond met het Rondom Ensemble, verder bestaande uit de violiste Vera Beths, de cellist … Continue reading

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