premiere: 25 July
27 and 30 July
1, 3, 6, 8 and 10 August
Spanga (gemeente Weststellingwerf)
Friesland, The Netherlands
Opera Spanga presents Pagliacci & Il Tabarro
For 30 years Opera Spanga has been making non-conformist opera productions. In the summer of 2019 the opera company from the Frisian hamlet of Spanga will present a double bill with Puccini’s Il Tabarro (The Cloak, 1918) and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (The Clowns, 1892). In both operas female infidelity is the central theme. The characters of Nedda (Pagliacci) and Giorgetta (Il Tabarro) are not driven by lust but by the urgent need to reinvent themselves.
The performance starts with Pagliacci. Nedda, actress in her husband Canio’s theatre company, wants to be free but fears her husband. She falls for the lively and tender Silvio. When Canio discovers the affair the consequences are dramatic. In Il Tabarro Giorgetta and her husband Michele have become alienated from each other as the result of their child’s death. The unhappy Giorgetta is looking for comfort with Luigi, one of the crewmembers aboard her husband’s barge. Michele grows suspicious and starts spying on his wife. In this opera female infidelity has far reaching consequences as well.
Cast | Aylin Sezer (Nedda), Francis van Broekhuizen (Giorgetta), Marcel van Dieren (Michele), Morschi Franz (Canio/Tinca), Eric Reddet (Luigi/Pepe), David Visser (Silvio/Talpa), Graziella Debattista Briffa (Frugola), Sanne Vleugels, Luke Mitchell, Pim van Drunen and others.
In the summer of 2019 Opera Spanga will be celebrating its 30th year. For this special anniversary we will be presenting a double-bill met Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (The Clowns, 1892) and Puccini’s Il Tabarro (The Overcoat, 1918). Female infidelity plays a central part In both operas. The characters Nedda (Pagliacci) and Giorgetta (Il Tabarro) are not driven by lust, but by the urgent need to reinvent themselves.
In a retrospective view of 2018 in the newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden, reviewer Rudolf Nammensma calls our Aidaa cultural highlight.
"Corina van Eijk applies humor, relieves the heaviness of the love drama and repeatedly surprises us, without doing violence to the plot and without allowing situations to occur which are at odds with Verdi’s music."
2018 was a great and fully European year for Opera Spanga and the artistic team, with no fewer than nine performances outside the Netherlands:
The Leeuwarder Courant published a nice piece about our performances in Malta (in Dutch).
Our production of Aida was filmed in Spanga. Our artistic team has been too busy to be able to produce a well-edited version. Hopefully it will be available in January of 2019. We will keep you informed about this in our newsletter.
For our performances of Pagliacci & Il Tabarro you will again be able to book an arrangement, including, among other things, two nights in a hotel, dinner and a kayak trip through the environs of Spanga. You will be staying in the atmospheric Golden Tulip Hotel Tjaarda in Oranjewoud. You can book for 239 Euros via Hotel Tjaarda.
Tuesday evening, July 24th saw the premiere of Aida. The NRC, the Volkskrant and Theaterkrant all awarded the production four stars, and the Leeuwarder Courant even five stars: “ Van Eijk keeps the scene calm and well-ordered. She carefully metes out her outstanding inventions. It is all-in excellent balance.”