OPERA2DAY

Monday 4 March 2024

FIRST PART OF TOUR 'THE APOCALYPSE' CONCLUDED IN FULL CARRÉ

FIRST PART OF TOUR 'THE APOCALYPSE' CONCLUDED IN FULL CARRÉ

The first part of the tour of J.S. Bach - The Apocalypse concluded on Sunday 3 March with a performance in front of a full house at Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam. Over 10,000 visitors were welcomed to our performances in large halls across the country in recent months. Wednesday 17 January saw the premiere of the opera in a packed Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague. The tour continues in mid-May with performances in The Hague, Alkmaar and Den Bosch. The performance can also be seen this spring in Münster and during the renowned Bachfest in Leipzig.

AUDIENCE AND PRESS POSITIVE

After the enthusiastic reviews from the press who attended the premiere two years ago during the pandemic, the audience is also responding positively. Comments such as 'A beautiful evening! I was deeply moved many times!' and '...shining with joy and dedication... Bravo and my deep bow...' are just a few of the positive audience reactions to the performance. 82% of the audience gave the show five stars.

One of the most touching responses was from a 12-year-old daughter of an attendee. She found the performance amazing and asked when she could go to the opera again: 'My friend and her 12-year-old daughter were in the audience yesterday, it was the kid's first-ever opera, and she loved it and is asking when they can go again.'

JAN VAN LEIDEN

The opera tells the true story of Jan van Leiden. This actor, pub landlord and tailor became leader of a movement in the 16th century that proclaimed that the world would fall. A salvation state was established. This radicalised and became a dictatorship. We follow John from his initial enthusiasm, through his equally flamboyant and ruthless reign to his final confession on death row. We thus experience from the inside how the timeless mechanisms of populism, polarisation and radicalisation do their work.

BACH AS NEVER BEFORE

With gripping, overwhelming and emotional music by Bach, the story comes to life. Scenarist and director Serge van Veggel, together with librettist Thomas Höft and baroque specialist and modern composer Panos Iliopoulos, turned the work into a true through-composed opera. Thanks to a compelling and grandiose staging, an outstanding cast and the choir and orchestra of the Nederlandse Bachvereniging conducted by Hernán Schvartzman, Bach will be heard and seen as never before.

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