Serge van Veggel

Serge van Veggel

Artistic director

As a stage director, Serge van Veggel has specialised in the staging of opera and music theatre. His early experience comes from working as an assistant and intern for productions by Operastudio Nederland (Harry Kupfer), RO Theater (Alize Zandwijk), Onafhankelijk Toneel / Opera O.T. (Mirjam Koen and Gerrit Timmers) and De Nederlandse Opera (Pierre Audi).

In 2007, he made his debut for OPERA2DAY in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, for whom he later also directed  A. Scarlatti’s La Giuditta as well as the Dolhuys Kermis. This latter production was included in a list of the top five musical productions of 2012 of the NRC Handelsblad.  In addition to his work for OPERA2DAY, Van Veggel has produced amongst other things, a dramatized lieder recital for the Stichting 20ste-eeuws Lied entitled ‘Een sprookje voorbij’. ‘Leider by Szymanovski subtly directed’ was the heading Trouw wrote of this production. For Domestica Rotterdam, he developed five music theatre productions in the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam. For  Kamerkoor Veenendaal he directed Handel’s Belshazzar in the Lampegiet.

As a stage director, Serge van Veggel builds upon a rich history in culture. He focuses on the differing functions of staging in order to intrinsically bind the various disciplines and aspects together.  He achieved this for example in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival where he developed the multi-discipline installation about Sjostakovitsj, an important part of Rotterdam, Culturele Hoofdstad 2001. A similar idea was developed in projects such as Scriabin – Extasy, a surprising translation of the multi-dimensional fantasies of Scriabin to Dance temple Now&Wow led by Ted Langenbach. Music of Scriabin, performed by the Rotterdam Young Philharmonic and conducted by Valery Gergiev, was surrounded by the images and sounds of contemporary VJ's, DJ's and dancers, in addition to a variety of other sensory experiences.  Earlier in his career, he worked with the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest and was also head of marketing & communication of the concert and congress centre, de Doelen, where he contributed to the image renewal and the expansion of the scope of this institution.

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