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Madrigals Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

This show was to been seen in May 2017

Location: Decoratelier Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Kollenbergweg 1, Amsterdam-Zuidoost

Early master

By Claudio Monteverdi

Language Italian

Surtitles English & Dutch

Only three full-length works from Monteverdi’s opera oeuvre have survived. By combining individual works, further aspects of this early master are explored in Madrigals.

Madrigals will be performed in the Scenery Atelier (Dcoratelier) of Dutch National Opera & Ballet:

how to get there

In short

Madrigals is a revival of the production from 2007. Once again, Pierre Audi is directing a cast of young singers, and Christophe Rousset is conducting his orchestra Les Talens Lyriques. The performances will take place in the Scenery Atelier of Dutch National Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam-Zuidoost.

The set is dominated by a steel artwork by Jannis Kounellis. The Baroque ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, under the inspiring baton of Christoph Rousset, sits at one side of the artwork. The floor is covered only by sand, with a boulder scattered here and there.

LOCATION: SCENERY ATELIER

Situated in the Zuidoost district of Amsterdam, the Dutch National Opera’s home of craftsmanship, the Scenery Atelier, forms a wonderful industrial location for Madrigals. The performance takes place in a room that is the same size as the stage, including 21-metre-high fly towers. A reception hall has been created in a storage space, including a cloakroom, box office and audience facilities. There is an exhibition of artworks by local artists’ collective Heesterveld Creative Community.

INTRODUCTION OR GUIDED TOUR

You can choose between joining a guided tour of the Scenery Atelier and attending an introduction to Madrigals in one of the ateliers, 45 minutes before curtain-up.

Please note that in the Scenery Atelier you can only pay by debit card: tickets for Madrigals can be purchased online, at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet box office or one hour before curtain-up at the Scenery Atelier box office. In the Scenery Atelier, you can only pay by debit card – also for any snacks or drinks.

Address: Kollenbergweg 1, Amsterdam-Zuidoost

how to get there

Please note: parking in the vicinity  of the Scenery Atelier is free, but if a big event is taking place in the Amsterdam Arena or the Heineken Music Hall, we recommend using public transport (metro station Bijlmer-Arena) or valet parking Weparc.

  • Watch the Madrigals trailer here.
    Listen to this beautiful aria from Il Ballo Delle Ingrate with Nikki Treurniet as Una delle Ingrate

    Background

    Il ballo delle Ingrate - world premiere 1608, Mantua
    Lamento d’Arianna - world premiere 1608, Mantua
    Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda - world premiere
    1624, Venice

    Madrigals
    From Arianna, only the Lamento has survived, in which the Cretan princess sings of her desire for death, as her lover Theseus has left her. Il ballo delle Ingrate and Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda are both part of Madrigals, Book 8. In these works, too, death is the central theme. In a dance, women who have died show what the living can expect if they resist the arts of Cupid. Il combattimento shows the futility of every war or battle. In a duel, Tancredi kills a supposed enemy, who turns out to be his lover Clorinda.

    Curious about Monteverdi's Madrigals? Take a look behind the scenes.

    Pierre Audi

    Director of Dutch National Opera, resident director

    PIERRE AUDI (stage director) became director of De Nederlandse Opera in 1988. As of 1 January 2013 he has become Director of Dutch National Opera. In the twenty-five years of his leadership of Dutch National Opera and its forerunner, De Nederlandse Opera, he is credited with giving the Netherlands its own opera tradition. His combined vision and audacity have earned him respect, both in the Netherlands and far beyond its borders, as both the Director of Dutch National Opera and as a stage director.

    Christophe Rousset

    conductor

    CHRISTOPHE ROUSSET (conductor) studied harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Rousset is driven by his passion for vocal repertoire, and he founded his own ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, in 1991, with whom he explores the Italian and French Baroque repertoire.

    Team

    Musical director 
    Christophe Rousset
    Stage director 
    Pierre Audi
    Sets and costumes 
    Chloe Obolensky
    Patrick Kinmonth
    Lighting 
    Jean Kalman
    Orchestra 
    Les Talens Lyriques
    IL BALLO DELLE INGRATE 
    .
    Amore 
    Ginette Puylaert
    Plutone 
    Nathanaël Tavernier
    Venere 
    Valeria Girardello
    Ingrate Insieme 
    Nikki Treurniet
    Hanna Al Bender
    Beatriz de Sousa
    Eimi Witmer
    Una delle Ingrate 
    Nikki Treurniet
    Ombre d’Inferno 
    Magdalena Pluta
    Thomas de Bruijn
    Nicolas Maraziotis
    Pawel Konik
    LAMENTO D'ARIANNA 
    .
    Arianna 
    Magdalena Pluta
    IL COMBATTIMENTO DI TANCREDI E CLORINDA 
    .
    Testo 
    Nicolas Maraziotis
    Clorinda 
    Lissa Meyvis
    Tancredi 
    Pawel Konik