TransPride Anthem at EuroPride 2016 Amsterdam
For the TransPride, part of the EuroPride Amsterdam 2016, I wrote and produced 'Trans and Proud', the TransPride Anthem, sung by the wonderful Agnes Geneva! Great fun to make!
Toonkunst Rotterdam sings worldpremiere of 'Lippijn', a choir-opera Jan.27th, 2017
On January 27, 2017 the fantastic choir Toonkunst Rotterdam, conducted by Maria van Nieukerken, will perform my short choir-opera buffa 'Lippijn' (20 mn) based on a commedia dell'arte-like medieval text about Lippijn who is cheated by his wife.
Due to asbestos the IVC only partly this year
In the Theater aan de Parade, traditionally host of the International Vocal Competition, unfortunately asbestos has been found. Renovations will take until November, so a competition-as-usual can not take place. The IVC has decided to split the competiton in half: this year will be for the Lied-Duo, 2017 for Opera/Oratorio.
More information on the IVC-website.
International Vocal Competition Den Bosch 2016: compulsory work is finished
The International Vocal Competition (IVC) in Den Bosch asked me to write the compulsory work for the 2016 edition. A fantastic commission!! And quite a challenge, with a.o. Willem Jeths (2014) and Jeppe Moulijn (2012) as my predecessors! The text is part of the 'Bosch en Breughel' poems by Dutch poet Pé Hawinkels, written for the painting 'Garden of Earthly Delights' by Dutch late medieval painter Jheronimus Bosch.All participating singers are required to learn this composition, which will be sung in Latin.
Music for Leader 'Man en Kunst' Dutch National TV
Anne en Zef returning to Amsterdam in April and May 2016
Premiere 'Apenootje' a family show for Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest Feb.12, 2016
The Rott.Phil brand new 40 min family show called 'Apenootje' (premiere Feb. 12 2016) is a follow-up to 'Soeraki', the show I composed in 2011 for the Gergiev Festival. After 30 performances of 'Soeraki' at the Doelen in Rotterdam, it's time for something new! Thijs Maas and Roxanne Hellevoort wrote the libretto, Bart Oomen directed and Christine de Boer (of 'Yentl en de Boer', winners of the Annie MG Schmidt prijs 2015) is the soloist.
'Hoe lieflijk' commission by Compose4you, premiere Jan.3, 2016
A nice initiative by publisher Donemus: they launched a website where anyone can order music for any occasion! It is called Compose4you and I was asked to compose a 'birthday song' for soprano and violoncello, based on the poem 'Hoe Lieflijk' by Dutch poet Hans Lodeizen.
'Nachtegalen' (Nightingales) for guitar, viola and cello
'Grief of Gravity' returns to Eindhoven
'Premiere of 'Anne en Zef': 'beautiful, vivid music', moving', heartwarming'
Anne en Zef' opera for 12+ had its premiere for press, teenagers, invitees on April 7th 2015 at the NedPho-Koepel in Amsterdam.
Wonderful press reviews and very emotional reactions of the audience! More info and photos HERE
'Ik zou het van de daken willen schreeuwen, hier moet iedereen naar toe!'
'I want to shout it from the rooftops, everybody should see this!'
Interview with Place de l'Opera about Anne en Zef
Basia Jaworski interviewed me about Anne en Zef for Place de l'Opera, the website that keeps an up-to-date eye on operanews.
New commission from Rotterdams Philharmonic Orchestra
The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is very keen on programming
repertoire for children. They invited me for a brandnew 40 min family show
called 'Apenootje' (premiere Feb 2016) as a follow-up to 'Soeraki', the show
I composed in 2011 for the Gergiev Festival.
This January the 30th performance of 'Soeraki' will take place at the Doelen in Rotterdam!
Thijs Maas will write the libretto, Bart Oomen will direct and Christine de Boer
(of 'Yentl en de Boer', winners of the Annie MG Schmidt prijs 2015!) is the soloist.
Rehearsals for 'Anne en Zef' have started
December 14th was the first rehearsal for 'Anne en Zef ' at the NedPho Koepel in Amsterdam. A promising start!
With Benjamin de Wilde, Lilian Farahani, Mark van Nispen, conductor David Niemann and director Corina van Eijk
Cast for 'Anne en Zef' complete
The cast of my new opera for the Nederlands Philharmonic Orchestra 'Anne en Zef', about Anne Frank and Zef, a young victim of the Albanian blood revenge, is complete!
Lilian Farahani (Anne) and Benjamin de Wilde (Zef) will create the roles.
Read more about this project here
Masterclass Valthermond (NL) from 28th - 30th of August 2014
n the beautiful Concertboerderij 'Onder de Linden' in Valthermond (NL)
mezzo-soprano Marion van den Akker and I will give a masterclass for classical singers.Special attention will be given to preparing yourself for the new vocal season, how to warm up your voice and your whole body, but of course we will also work on repertoire(from baroque to contemporary opera, operetta, lied, oratorio) and technique). With pianists Nathalie Doucet and Jeroen Sarphati.
Interview on Radio 4 about my new youth opera project for NedPho
After the Zaterdagmatinee Concert, with a.o 'Shadow of Time' by Dutilleux, a piece dedicated to 'Anne Frank and all children, the innocent of the world' I was interviewed about a.o. the composition I'm working on for the Dutch NedPho Orchestra about Anne Frank. Radio 4, 16.30 live.
You can listen to this broadcast here, most of my share starts at appr.22'40
Madame Herz in 'Der Schauspieldirektor' by Mozart
Camerata Amsterdam with conductor Jeroen Weierink performed the short Mozart masterpiece 'Der Schauspieldirektor' during the Mozart-weekend in Haarlem.
Here a scene photo where Mme Herz has just made a sarcastic remark to M'mselle Silberklang
(Renate Arends). Another performance will be in Noordwijk at the Festival aan Zee on May 29th.
NedPho commissions new work about Anne Frank for 2015
The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra NedPho invited me to compose music theatre (45') about Anne Frank for April 2015. Text will be based on the succesful play 'Anne en Zef' by Ad de Bont
'Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher' by Honegger for Vrijdag van Vredenburg
In the concert series 'Vrijdag van Vredenburg' Honegger's dramatic oratorio 'Jeanne d'Arc aux bûcher' was performed on 24 January 2014.I sang the role of the holy Virgin. Location: Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, live on Radio 4.
Read more about this unusual work here
Leadermusic for AVROTROS television on air every week
'Goedemorgen met...' Radio 4 broadcast with my favourite music
Some of my favourite music was played during the Dutch Radio 4 broadcast that I hosted with
Aukelien van Hoytema. You can listen to it here.
'The Tsar, his wife, her lover and his head' new opera
The Tsar, his wife, her lover and his head'
Opera (60') I composed and conducted for Peter de Grote Festival for Chamber Music
in Groningen Summer 2013.
We also performed at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam.
Find out more here
CD-Review of 'Hotel de Pekin' opera by Willem Jeths
Nice review in the NRC newspaper of my performance of CiXi, the Empress of China of the opera
'Hotel de Pekin'' by Dutch composer Willem Jeths. Live recording on CD (Etcetera Records).
Soprano solo in my own composition 'Grief of Gravity' in Rotterdam
The Rotterdams Symfonic Windorchestra RBS wanted to perform my 'Grief of Gravity' with the
Rotterdams Toonkunstkoor and invited me to sing the solo. Great fun! Anton Weeren conducted, with
Maria van Nieukerken leading the choir.
Find out more about 'Grief of Gravity' here
Kurtag with ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble in Concertgebouw
4 Capriccios by Gyorgy Kurtag with ASKO-Schönberg Ensemble, conducted
by Reinbert de Leeuw in the Zaterdag Matinee of 27 October 2012.
Live on Radio 4.
'Soeraki, heldin van de Zee' at the Gergiev Festival 2011
'Soeraki' was written for the Gergiev Festival 2011 on a text by Sjoerd Kuyper.
With Eva Crutzen as Soeraki and members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Read more here