summer 2024 | Otello (14+)

The heartbreaking emotion jealousy inspired William Shakespeare to write Othello in 1604. William Shakespeare's words were used by Giuseppe Verdi in 1887 for the compelling opera Otello. Composer Floris van Bergeijk, musical director Tjalling Wijnstra and artistic director Corina van Eijk will take you on a journey through events and feelings you would rather stay far from in your everyday life in summer 2024. The all female international cast will give you an unerring insight into the fucked up human brain. read more >


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    Opera Spanga cannot do without its valued volunteers. Thanks to them we can provide the perfect opera night. We are currently looking for new volunteers. Will you help?
    Interested? Then sign up by sending an email to to Yorick Stam.

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    After months of preparations, we finally started the first rehearsals of Otello. First of all with musical rehearsals in Amsterdam. Right from the start it already sounded wonderful. That promises a lot of beautiful singing in the nature of Friesland in the coming weeks.
    Meanwhile in Spanga...
    Just like every year, our construction team completed an impossible job. On Boer Geert's property the tent has been put up again, the orchestra pit has been dug again and the old familiar caravans are back in place!

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    Aaike (21) sings the role of Roderigo and the Doge in Opera Spanga's summer production Otello this summer. On May 12, 2024, she was in the finals of the Princess Christina Competition. On a sunny afternoon during rehearsals, she tells us her story. Read the entire interview here (dutch).


    Besides the opera, would you like to enjoy a few wonderful days away in the beautiful Frisian surroundings of Spanga? Some suggestions:

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    Boetiekpark de Kas

    Stay in the nature of the Rottige Meente at the most beautiful place in Weststellingwerf; Boetiekpark de Kas in Scherpenzeel (on bike and canoe distance from Opera Spanga). Beautiful camping spots, 2 hiker's huts, 5 tiny houses and 3 hotel cabins.
    For more info and prices: Boetiekpark de Kas

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    Marina De Lindehoek

    If you come by boat, moor at the jetty of De Lindehoek Marina in Ossenzijl, a 2-minute walk from the opera grounds. Here you can also 'glamp' in Aunt Keet's gypsy wagon.
    For more info and prices: and
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    Bij Joop

    A little further away, in the beautiful nature reserve the Weerribben, you will find at the romantic Kalenberg canal Bij Joop. Here, in addition to two nights' accommodation, you get a delicious breakfast, a luxurious drink plate and you can use city bikes!   
    For more info and prices:

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    Hotel Tjaarda

    If you want to stay in a royal residence, then go to the lovely Hotel Tjaarda in the woods of Oranjewoud. Here you have a three-day stay with overnight stay, two times a culinary dinner, an extensive breakfast and access to the sauna!
    For more info and prices:
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    Just like every year, you can complete your visit to Opera Spanga with a tasty meal.
    Restaurant de Fûke in Echten puts the best flavours Weststellingwerf has to offer in a delicious picnic (limited availability).

    The picnic can be booked via ticket sales.

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    Next summer we will play, in collaboration with the Rosa Ensemble, one of Giuseppe Verdi's last masterpieces Otello, based on Shakespeare's bestseller.
    The premiere takes place on July 13, you can buy your tickets now!

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    Last summer we played eight sold-out performances of Tjaikovsky's Onegin. We look back on a successful summer, despite storm Polly and the endless rain. Of course, we could never have created this beautiful product without our host Geert, the artistic and production team, the beautiful soloists, the small but powerful choir, the beautiful orchestra led by our musical director Tjalling Wijnstra and the strong dancers of Ivgy&Greben. Thank you all for coming, despite the mud ballet!

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    On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Opera Spanga, the book 35 jaar Opera Spanga in Noord Nederland was created. The book focuses on the period 2019-2024 and is a follow-up to the book Opera in het weiland, the little sister, so to speak. And it gives a glimpse into the plans for the future. This edition is also illustrated with the most beautiful photos of the various productions.

    The book can be ordered by e-mail via The price of the book is €10 (excl. shipping costs).

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    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 The price of the book is € 15 (excl. shipping costs).