J.S. BACH - THE APOCALYPSE TO BE SEEN IN THE NETHERLANDS AND GERMANY
When you hear how dramatic and emotional J.S. Bach's music is, you can imagine that he would have been a fantastic opera composer. It almost came to that. Challenged by that thought, OPERA2DAY and the Netherlands Bach Society created 'the opera Bach never wrote'. With success. "OPERA2DAY, once again, has contrived a brilliant new opera" wrote an English reviewer. "A thoroughbred opera" (NRC) that "fits completely into the tradition of OPERA2DAY" (Place de l'Opera). 82% of the audience gave five stars and the performance was invited to the renowned international Bachfest Leipzig.
JAN VAN LEYDEN
The opera tells the true story of Jan van Leyden. 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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