premiere: 25 July
27 and 30 July
1, 3, 6, 8 and 10 August
Spanga (gemeente Weststellingwerf)
Friesland, The Netherlands
30 years of OPERA SPANGA
PUCCINI and LEONCAVALLO in a half open tent
Two short 1 hour operas
In the summer of 2019, Opera Spanga brings the two short operas Pagliacci and Il Tabarro to the Friesian village of Spanga. These masterpieces were composed round the turn of the 19th century, and deals with a theme that leaves no soul untouched: female infidelity. The women are driven to adultery not by their wild libidos, but by an irrepresible desire to redefine themselves! In both operas the couples are inextricably linked both emotionally and financially. They work and travel together, and their past and present are intertwined.
Opera Spanga combines nature and culture. The performances take place in a half open tent in a Friesian meadow. This beautiful setting in the nature, combined with daring staging, remarkable scenery, imaginative lighting and interesting costumes ensures that these two operas are guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
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 (Frugola), Sanne Vleugels, Pim van Drunen and others.
On the 16th and 17th of May, we present Anne&Zef during the International May Festival at the State Theatre of Wiesbaden. Lilian Farahani and Benjamin de Wilde play the roles of Anne and Zef.
Anne&Zef is the story of teenagers Anne Frank and Zef, an Albanese boy from our time. Anne died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Zef is the victim of a vendetta. They meet each other in heaven and realise that, despite their cultural differences, they have much in common. Anne is a writer, Zef loves to act. They both have occasional difficulties with their parents. The act of describing their lives brings them closer together.
To celebrate 30 years of Opera Spanga, stage director Corina van Eijk and repetiteur/coach Mark van Nispen shall give two opera workshops, one for conservatoire students and one for amateur singers. The workshops shall take place in the French village of Artigeas in October 2019.
The workshop will focus on shaping music and text. Developing awareness of the body and voice combined with a thorough musical and dramatic analysis shall give form to the focus of the workshop. Besides a number of essential exercises, the development of awareness shall mainly be supported by focussing on arias and duets.
8-14 October: conservatoire students (minimal entry level final year of Bachelor)
16-22 October: amateur singers
To apply or receive further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All of our visitors to Aida, particularly those who attended on the 9th of August, were promised a recording of the performance. Thanks to a great deal of hard work, we are finally able to present our Aida!
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.
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).
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.”