In recent weeks we have hoped that our performances can continue this summer. Opera Spanga would release the new production WAKE UP! In August and early September. Unfortunately, the extension of the ban on events definitely puts an end to our performances. It is a great pity, but the safety and health of our employees and the public is paramount.
Opera Spanga makes an opera film instead of the performances. Artistic leader Corina van Eijk: “In recent weeks we have thought about the possible scenarios. We decided to turn The Others, part of WAKE UP !, into an opera film. In recent years we have already made four opera films – not registrations, but feature films – and we can now make good use of this expertise.”
Opera Spanga previously filmed Verdi’s Rigoletto, Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah, Mozarts / Van Bergeijk’s Donna Giovanna and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. The Others is a new opera in which the fear of the other is central, based on historical events. In addition to The Others, Opera Spanga would also perform the short opera Anne & Zef (together WAKE UP!). Anne & Zef will be seen in season 2021-2022. The opera film The Others is expected to premiere this fall.
The decision to cancel the shows has a major impact on our organization. We do our utmost to ensure that everyone involved in our production WAKE UP! to inform as well as possible. Ticket buyers will receive a separate message about this.
We wish everyone good health and a lot of strength in this uncertain period.
Two operas about intolerance: Anne & Zef and The Others
In coproduction with Rosa
WAKE UP! has a simple message for the audience – young and old: wake up! Stop going through life asleep. No longer accept everything you hear from your friends, your family, your neighbors, your teachers. Do’nt believe everything you see on a screen. The world is not a simple place with simple answers, divided into Good Guys and Bad Guys. Bad people sometimes do good things, and all too often good people are capable of terrible behavior.
75 years after the end of WWII it is time for all of us to wake up and look at the complexity of our own history. It is time for ourselves, our parents, our children and especially for the young, who will be the leaders of the future, to realize that those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it.
Anne & Zef | libretto Ad de Bont | composition Monique Krüs
Anne and Zef meet in the afterlife. Anne died in a concentration camp. Zef, an Albanian boy of our time, was killed by his best friend because of vengeance. Zef’s mother, whom he loves dearly, plays a crucial role in continuing the blood feud. She sends her own son to death through pride, superstition and rules dictated by religion. Anne and her family, who were hiding above the company where Anne’s father worked, were probably betrayed by a colleague of her father.
Anne and Zef discover that they have a lot in common. Their budding teen romance shows that prejudice is still the order of the day. Check out the trailer for Anne & Zef (English).
The Others | libretto Jonathan Levi | composition Floris van Bergeijk
Co-initiated by João Ramos Marta
Based on the Lisbon massacre from 1506, where thousands of new Christians were the victims of frightened dissenters, this opera denounces religious intolerance and the fear of migration. The protagonists in The Others are a Catholic Frisian sailor, a Jewish lender from Spain and an Islamic young woman from Egypt.
In the course of the opera we discover that they are all decent, passionate people – and yet they have committed terrible crimes.
In 2020, the Netherlands will celebrate 75 years of freedom
We all want peace
We just cannot agree on how we can achieve this
Including Aylin Sezer, Eric Reddet, David Visser, Anjeza Marku, Patrik Vjollca, Tjalling Wijnstra, Corina van Eijk, Henk Post, Marjan Boukes, Pieter de Rooij, Laura Government, João Ramos Marta, Vera De Bie, Peter Jessen, Jeroen Kimman, Koen Keevel
The operas are sung in English, Arabic and Frisian and surtitled in Dutch.
19 August (premiere)
21 & 22 August
23 August (matinee)
28 & 29 August
4 & 5 September 2020