An operafilm about intolerance: The Other
In Lisbon in 1506, thousands of new Christians (converted Jews and Arabs) fell victim to frightened dissenters in one day. A Catholic Frisian sailor, a Jewish money lender from Spain and a Muslim young woman from Egypt have committed terrible crimes. And yet they turn out to be decent, passionate people.
In this performance, we do not show any population group as a model of civilized behavior. No one is chosen, no one is right, no one is more human than another. Identity is just a shadow, a distorted image projected onto the walls of our fears. The Other is based on historical events that are still relevant today. We all want peace. We just cannot agree on how to achieve this.
The opera is sung in English, Arabic and Frisian and surtitled in Dutch.
libretto Jonathan Levi | composition Floris van Bergeijk | co-initiated by João Ramos Marta