All performances of WAKE UP! are canceled in August and September 2020.
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In recent weeks we have hoped that our performances can continue this summer. Opera Spanga would release the new production WAKE UP! In August and early September. Unfortunately, the extension of the ban on events definitely puts an end to our performances. It is a great pity, but the safety and health of our employees and the public is paramount.
Opera Spanga makes an opera film instead of the performances. Artistic leader Corina van Eijk: “In recent weeks we have thought about the possible scenarios. We decided to turn The Others, part of WAKE UP !, into an opera film. In recent years we have already made four opera films - not registrations, but feature films - and we can now make good use of this expertise.”
Opera Spanga previously filmed Verdi's Rigoletto, Saint-Saens' Samson and Delilah, Mozarts / Van Bergeijk's Donna Giovanna and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. The Others is a new opera in which the fear of the other is central, based on historical events. In addition to The Others, Opera Spanga would also perform the short opera Anne & Zef (together WAKE UP!). Anne & Zef will be seen in season 2021-2022. The opera film The Others is expected to premiere this fall.
The decision to cancel the shows has a major impact on our organization. We do our utmost to ensure that everyone involved in our production WAKE UP! to inform as well as possible. Ticket buyers will receive a separate message about this.
We wish everyone good health and a lot of strength in this uncertain period.
You may be wondering whether Opera Spanga's performances will continue this summer. Government measures prohibit all events until June 1. Our performances are scheduled from August 19, so we assume that they will continue as usual. We are fully preparing for WAKE UP!
Naturally, the safety of our employees and our public is paramount. That is why we keep a close eye on developments surrounding the coronavirus. As these change daily, we are not going to make any decisions about continuing for the time being - unless we are overtaken by a new reality before. We ask for your understanding of this situation.
Finally, we wish everyone strength and good health.
The premiere of Pagliacci & Il Tabarro on Thursday, July 25 was a (tropical) party. On Monday, July 29, reviews appeared in Trouw, Volkskrant and NRC and in the weekend we already read raving reviews in Theaterkrant and Leeuwarder Courant / Dagblad van het Noorden.
Theaterkrant wrote: "Opera Spanga remains exciting, even when it comes to two melodramas that are actually not that exciting anymore, but that seem to be able to say a lot about people and their problems in this combination."
NRC: "The audience was allowed to sigh under the oppressive warmth, in the excavated orchestra pit and on stage the play continued to sparkle with energy."
In collaboration with the municipality of Weststellingwerf, the book Opera in het weiland was made, about 30 years of Opera Spanga. Journalist Kasper Jansen sketches a picture of developments in the past 30 years, in conversations with Corina van Eijk and a few loyal employees, such as Klara Uleman and Ali Veenhouwer. The book is illustrated with the most beautiful photos of various productions.
The book (Dutch) can be ordered by e-mail via email@example.com. The price of the book is € 15 (excl. shipping costs).