'Monique Krüs' Klangsprache ist von einer unaufdringlichen Dringlichkeit und schleicht sich auf leisen Sohlen unter die Haut'
'Youth opera with heartwarming music', 'Anne's Theme on the viola is very moving'
'Krüs' flippige, originelle Partitur...ist ebenso gut zu singen, wie sie klingt'
The Nightingale and the Emperor world premiere Sept. 28th 2020
The Appeltaartconcerten (Apple Pie Concerts), music for the elderly and people who cannot come to a concert hall with free coffee and apple pie in the break, invited me to create The Nightingale and the Emperor, my Covid - proof version of the famous fairytale The Chinese Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen.
A 30 minute composition for a singer/narrator, viola, bassoon and piano. September 28th the premiere took place in Utrecht with a spectacular Karin Strobos as narrator/singer and musicians from the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. More info and playlist here.
'Morning Light' new work for women's choir a capella
Zembla Music in Amsterdam launched and funded a wonderful initiative: women composers write for women's choir. I am one of them with Morning Light, from October 2020 on available on www.DutchChoirMusicNOW.nl.
Slotkoor sings Denkend aan Holland July 25th in Utrecht
Piedra de Luz at Dutch Opera Concert June 28th
Baritone Michael Wilmering wrote the very personal text for Steen van Licht/Piedra de Luz, a song I composed for his staged recital 'Grenze(n)loos' (2017). Now with Covid-19 measures loosening up a bit, Michael is performing at the Dutch Opera on Sunday the 28th of June.
New work for Music for Empty Spaces, Muziekgebouw May 28th
Composer and organiser Heather Pinkham invited 11 composers to write for Music for Empty Spaces, a live/online concert. I composed No one is an island'for baritone and soundtrack on a text by author Xandra Knebel, who was inspired by John Donne and Samuel T.Coleridge. Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ will host, Radio 4 will broadcast (video and audio) on May 28, 2020 at 20.00h.
String quartet for Appeltaart Concerten
Anne & Zef at Opera Spanga (NL) Summer 2020 CANCELLED
'Anne & Zef' my opera for 12+ about Anne Frank who meets teenager Zef in the afterlife. will unfortunately not be performed this Summer. The original brilliant staging by Corina van Eijk will be back in the Netherlands in Season 21-22 in Den Haag with the Residentie Orkest.
Until then: watch the trailer and read more about the opera here.
New composition for women's choir: Equinox
Author, journalist, poet Miek Smilde wrote a cycle of strong, emotional poems (in Dutch, translation in English coming up). I added the music for women's choir / ensemble and piano. Have a look at the preview
Now available at Deuss Music.
Soprano solo with Dordrecht Opera Choir March 22, 2020 POSTPONED
Last year I joined the Dordrecht Opera Choir for a wonderful concert filled with music by Verdi. This Summer I'll sing Verdi again (a.o. Pace, pace from La Forza), beautiful scenes from I Due Foscari and from Le Villi, Puccini. With Martijn Sanders and Harald Quaaden, conducted by Peter Schlamilch.
Check later for the exact date!
Erdnüsschen in Düsseldorf, March 4 2020
Versatile Sinfonia VivazzA from Cologne will perform 'Erdnüsschen, das Abenteur im Tierpark', (original title 'Apenootje' written for the Rotterdam Philharmonic) in Düsseldorf March 4, 2020.
Kids are participating in the show by singing along with the finale and by drawing a Phantasy-animal, inspired by the music and used in the performance.
More shows in Germany coming up!
Denkend aan Holland by The Gents finale of their tour on Feb.14, 2020
The official 'Denkend aan Holland' tour of The Gents will come to an end in the Pieterskerk, Utrecht with my 'Denkend aan Holland' on one of the most famous Dutch poems: 'Herinnering aan Holland' by Hendrik Marsman.
Hong Kong: more Anne & Zef on Dec 8, 2019
After 3 impressive shows in Tai Kwun, Hong Kong Island, now Anne & Zef is on the location where the whole idea of bringing the opera to Hong Kong started, Ping Che. A so called mural village in the North of Hong Kong, where a beautiful mix has grown between the artists in the village and the 'normal' villagers. Many paintings and sculptures can be found and now Sze Ka Yan, artictisc director of the Fragrant Village, adds music theatre projects to the list. Anne & Zef is one of the first.
Soprano solo with Amsterdam Opera Choir Dec 1st, 2019
An opera concert with one of the best opera choirs in the Netherlands, always a pleasure!
Well-known and lesser known but also beautiful repertoire from a.o. Donizetti and Rossini as well as scenes from Cavalleria and Pagliacci conducted by Ago Verdonschot, who also sang the baritone solo parts.
The Dominicus Church in Amsterdam welcomed an enthousiastic audience on Sunday, Dec. 1st.
Tai Kwun, Hong Kong: Anne & Zef
In Cultural Centre Tai Kwun, a former prison in Hong Kong, Anne & Zef was performed by Joyce Law and Lam Kwok Ho with Ensemble Traversée conducted by energetic Vicky Shin. Sublte staging by Wiki Lo. 3 shows with an emotional audience and 1 more show to go in the The Fragrant Village, Ping Che, in the North of Hong Kong, near the Chinese border. I was lucky to be present in Tai Kwun, with support from the FPK in the Netherlands.
Hong Kong: workshop, lecture and Anne & Zef
New adventures in Asia:
Workshop, lecture and yes, Anne & Zef, performed by the Fragrant Village from Hongkong on November 23/24 at the Tai Kwun Centre of Cultural Heritage and December 8 in the Fragrant Village outside of Hongkong City.
'We komen eraan' new St Maarten song for Utrecht
Lunam, ne quidem Lunam at Festival Vocallis
Festival Vocallis asked renowned voice teacher Mya Besselink to program the opening night of this year's edition. Theme is 'Woman' and the concert has only female composers on its list.
I had the honour to be one of them.
Kim Savelsbergh and Abigail Richards will perform my 'Lunam, ne quidem Lunam', a work which I wrote for the International Vocal Competition in Den Bosch. October 26th 2019, 20.00h at the Conservatory Maastricht.
Good times with Rossini!
Opera Choir VIva la Musica in Uden invited me to sing the soprano lead in a unique all-Rossini-programme.
Ago Verdonschot conducts and sings the baritone parts!
Scenes from a.o. Barbiere, Maometto II, Viaggio a Reims and Guillaume Tell.
Join us on Sunday October 20th in the Kruisherenkapel in Uden, 14.00h
Anne & Zef new production in HONGKONG has started!
The Fragrant Village, a innovative theatre company in HONG KONG has started with the rehearsals for Anne & Zef, a new production with Vic Shin, conducting and Wiki Lo, directing.
They will use the English translation, but spoken dialogues will be in Cantonese! Very exciting!
Performances a.o. in the famous Tai Kwun Cultural Centre on November 23/24 and in the Fragrant Village December 8th 2019.
Fragrant Village HONG KONG will produce Anne & Zef November 2019
Never knew that HONGKONG had villages...
The Fragrant Village is one of them and they have a wonderful music festival, led by energetic Sze Ka Yan. They will produce a brand new staging of Anne & Zef with cast and ensemble from HongKong, shows on November 23/24 2019 and December 8/9. Of course I will be there!
Commission by the City of Utrecht: a new Saint Maarten-song November 2019
Patron of Utrecht, Saint Maarten, has his special day on November 11th.
The City of Utrecht asked me to compose a new song on a new text by Ruben van Gogh.
A traditional, to be sung by everybody on St Maartens Day. Premiere on November 9 in Utrecht.
The GENTS men's choir: commission for September 2019
Superb Dutch male choir The Gents invited me to write music to one of the most famous Dutch poems: 'Herinnering aan Holland'
(1936) by Hendrik Marsman. Premiere will take place September 15th 2019 at the Orgelpark in Amsterdam starting off their 'Denkend aan Holland' concert series in 2019-2020. Check their website or the flyer here for more info
International Operafestival Wiesbaden invites Anne & Zef May 2019
Very honored to receive an invitation from the International Operafestival Wiesbaden! With the successful team from Amsterdam, Lilian Farahani as Anne Frank, Benjamin de Wilde as Zef in the staging by Corina van Eijk we'll perform on May 16th and 17th in the Wartburg in Wiesbaden. I will be conducting myself, looking forward! More info on the opera here.
'Erdnüsschen'(Apenootje) has its German premiere in Düsseldorf, May 10, 2019
'Erdnüsschen, das Abenteur im Tierpark', original title 'Apenootje' written for the Rotterdam Philharmonic, will see its premiere in a brandnew staging in Germany on May 10, 2019. Versatile Sinfonia VivazzA from Cologne will perform in Düsseldorf May 10, Cologne July 4 and Hamburg December 6, with more to come next year.
Soprano solo in Opera Concert March 17, 2019
Time to stretch my vocal cords again in the Spring Concert of the Dordrecht Opera Choir .
Highlights from Verdi's I Lombardi and Macbeth. With Martijn Sanders, baritone and Harald Quaaden, tenor.
Wilhelmina Kerk, Dordrecht 14.15.
Get your tickets here!
Utrechts Requiem 2nd Edition, February 17 in Utrecht and on tour in Utrecht area
Stories of citizens of Utrecht, put to music by 4 different composers uniting in one Requiem. A wonderful initiative that proved to be very successful in 2017. For the second edition I was invited to compose the Sanctus and the Offertorium.
The Requiem was performed by the Insomnio Ensemble conducted by Ulrich Pöhl, NEON Chamber choir, Childrens Choir Utrecht and with soloists Esther Kuiper and Michael Wilmering.
Listen to the radio broadcast from TivoliVredenburg here
Check thier website to find out when the chambermusic version will come in a city near you!
Anne & Zef opera about Anne Frank - trailer
Listen to some of my works