In the 2019-2020 season OPERA2DAY teams up with the Nederlandse Reisopera and Studio Drift to produce Claudio Monteverdi's L’Orfeo. Hernán Schvartzman, OPERA2DAY's musical leader, will conduct the performance and, together with Mike Fentross, he assembled the orchestra of La Sfera Armoniosa. The musicians use period instruments. Monique Wagemakers is responsible for the direction of this opera about Orpheus, who descends into the underworld to bring his beloved Euridice back to the living world. The motif is familiar to OPERA2DAY; five years ago we used the story of Orpheus and Euridice for our opera La troupe d’Orphée. Design and installation are by Lonneke Gordijn (Studio Drift) and the choreography is by Nanine Linning. Wagemakers: “Orfeo is unable to let go of the pain and sorrow from the past. There is something stopping him from experiencing happiness. The story of Orpheus is also about us: we, too, sometimes want to put the clock back and hang on to the past.”

The opera is about human mortality and the eternal life of art. The work opens with a prologue in which La Musica lauds the exceptional power of her form of art. Monteverdi emphasises this with the appearance of Apollo in the final act. The opera shows that music is the pre-eminent art form to touch our hearts and is capable of giving mortals like us joy or comfort in times of distress.


Musical direction Hernán Schvartzman (OPERA2DAY)
Concept Monique Wagemakers, Lonneke Gordijn (Studio DRIFT) and Nanine Linning
Stage direction Monique Wagemakers
Scenography and installation Lonneke Gorijn (Studio DRIFT)
Choreography Nanine Linning
Costume design Marlou Breuls
Lighting design Thomas Hase


La Musica/Silvia Luciana Mancini
Orfeo Samuel Boden
Euridice/Speranza/Eco Kristen Witmer
Pastore/Spirito Nils Wanderer
Pastore/Spirito Kevin Skelton
Spirito Damien Pass
Caronte/Spirito Alex Rosen
Plutone/Pastore/Spirito Yannis François
Proserpina Luciana Mancini
Apollo/Pastore/Spirito Laurence Kilsby
La Ninfa Lucía Martín-Cartón

Orchestra La Sfera Armoniosa
Dancers Demi-Carlin Aarts, Mirko de Campi, Luca Cappai, Kimmie Cumming, Milan van Ettekoven, Anna Suleyman Harms, Boglarka Heim, Sergio Indiveri, Hang-Ceng Lee, Kyle Patrick (Dance Company Nanine Linning)

No current calendar dates found for this production.

Saturday 22 Feb 2020 - 20:00 HOUR

Zuiderstrandtheater, Den Haag

Thursday 20 Feb 2020 - 20:15 HOUR

Stadstheater Arnhem, Arnhem

Addres: Velperbinnensingel 10
City: 6811 BP Arnhem
Phone: 026 - 443 73 43

Saturday 15 Feb 2020 - 20:00 HOUR

Theater De Spiegel, Zwolle

Addres: Spinhuisplein 14
City: 8011 ZZ Zwolle
Phone: 0900-1435

Thursday 13 Feb 2020 - 20:15 HOUR

Theater Rotterdam (Schouwburg), Rotterdam

Addres: Schouwburgplein 25
City: 3012 CL Rotterdam
Phone: 010 - 40 44 111

Tuesday 11 Feb 2020 - 20:00 HOUR

Koninklijk Theater Carré, Amsterdam

Koninklijk Theater Carré

Addres: Amstel 115-125
City: 1018 EM Amsterdam
Phone: 0900 - 25 25 255 (€ 0,45 p/m)

Sunday 09 Feb 2020 - 20:00 HOUR

Koninklijk Theater Carré, Amsterdam

Koninklijk Theater Carré

Addres: Amstel 115-125
City: 1018 EM Amsterdam
Phone: 0900 - 25 25 255 (€ 0,45 p/m)

Friday 07 Feb 2020 - 20:00 HOUR

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht

Addres: Lucasbolwerk 24
City: 3512 EJ Utrecht
Phone: 030-23 02 023

Sunday 02 Feb 2020 - 20:00 HOUR

Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht

Friday 31 Jan 2020 - 20:15 HOUR

Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden

Addres: Ruiterskwartier 4
City: 8911 BP Leeuwarden

Saturday 25 Jan 2020 - 20:00 HOUR

Wilminktheater, Enschede


2 hours and 20 minutes, with an intermission


Sung in Italian with subtitles in Dutch and English


De Nederlandse Reisopera with OPERA2DAY and Studio DRIFT


25 January 2020 in Enschede, the Netherlands

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    Hernán Schvartzman's direction of the smoothly playing, rich orchestra of La Sfera Armoniosa completes the enchantment

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