Musically superlative Das Floß der Medusa at Dutch National Opera

Henze: Das Floß der Medusa

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, 13 March 2018

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Study for The Raft of the Medusa (1818-1819) by Théodore Géricault, Louvre Museum (public domain), via Wikimedia Commons

The events that inspired Das Floß der Medusa, an indictment by Hans Werner Henze against social injustice, are the stuff of nightmares. Romeo Castellucci has now staged it for Dutch National Opera, where it opened the third edition of the Opera Forward Festival. Despite his bold cinematographic concept, the musical performances were the strongest dramatic aspect of the production.

Full review on Bachtrack.

 

 

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The Abduction from the Seraglio a soprano vehicle at Dutch National Opera

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, 13th January 2017

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Odalisque at the Sultan’s Harem. From The Costume of Turkey by Octavian Dalvimart, published in London un 1812

 

Lenneke Ruiten is the main reason to see Dutch National Opera’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. On opening night she triumphed as Konstanze, a soprano role that is the vocal equivalent of balancing a water jug on your head while walking a tightrope.

Full review on Bachtrack.

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