Traetta’s Antigona a forceful Baroque drama in Amsterdam

Traetta: Antigona

Stadssschouwburg, Amsterdam, 10th of February 2018

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Antigone in front of the dead Polynices (1865) by Nikiforos Lytras

The small Dutch company Opera Trionfo, collaborating with Theater Osnabrück in Germany, is currently touring with an ambitious project, Tommaso Traetta’s little-known opera Antigona. At its Dutch première in Amsterdam, Floris Visser’s staging vibrated with violent emotions and the cast gave physically explosive performances.

Full review on Bachtrack.

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Brave but flawed world premiere: Fortress Europe

Tsoupaki: Fortress Europe

Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, 22nd March 2017

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Refugees heading for Lesbos, January 2016 (Courtesy of Mstyslav Chernov via Wikimedia Commons

Calliope Tsoupaki’s latest opera, Fortress Europe, premiered as spring began taming the winter storms in the Mediterranean. The number of migrants trying to reach Europe by sea is already picking up, as it does every year. Putting their lives in the hands of unscrupulous smugglers, scores of them will drown.

Full review on Opera Today.