Dutch touring Tosca is an edge-of-your-seat thriller

Puccini: Tosca

At the Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague on the 25th of October, 2018

Who needs another Tosca? Seasoned opera buffs can be blasé about repertoire mainstays. But the Nederlandse Reisopera’s production currently touring the Netherlands is worth seeing, whether it is your first or your hundred-and-first acquaintance with Puccini’s political drama.

Full review on Opera Today.

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Butterfly with Wings of Steel

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© Cricket Forge, who sell this Steel Butterfly Bench

Every country large enough to have provinces should have a touring opera company, even if only to prove that opera is not just for big city dwellers under scrutiny for elitism. This year De Nederlandse Reisopera is celebrating 60 years of presenting exciting new musical talent and intriguing productions in various Dutch cities. Currently, they are touring with that beloved perennial, Madama Butterfly, featuring Annemarie Kremer’s steel-resolved geisha. Some of the venues are already sold out, but are keeping a waiting list. You can never go to enough Butterfly productions, and this one gives you several excuses to die with Cio-Cio-San one more time, as I report for Bachtrack.