22 Oct 2023
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Foyer
1:15, no interval
€15; Stadspas (City Pass), CJP and students €12,50
About Majoie Hajary’s opera La Larme d’or
For over thirty years, pianist and composer Majoie Hajary (1921-2017) worked on La larme d’or, a grand opera about the history of her native Suriname. A final version of the opera never made it to the stage, but when Hajary passed away in 2017, she left behind a wealth of musical and textual material. This material has been donated to The Hague City Archives / Netherlands Music Institute (NMI). We will reflect on Majoie Hajary’s life and work and will present excerpts from the opera during a special programme in the foyer of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.
Blue Raga is a mix of blues and Indian Raga and is actually an invention of composer Majoie Hajary herself. It describes her musical signature, so to speak, and it is also part of the musical language in her opera La larme d'or.
Photo: Majoie Hajary | www.majoiehajary.org © heirs Hajary / The Hague City Archives / Netherlands Music Institute (NMI)
During the foyer programme, multidisciplinary theatre maker Maarten van Hinte will speak with Ellen de Vries (Majoie Hajary’s biographer) about the composer’s rich legacy and joins forces with singer Samhita Mundkur in uncovering the dazzling Indian influences in Hajary’s La larme d’or. Together with master percussionist Carlo Hoop, he will also explore the influences of the marron culture in the work.
Throughout the evening, countertenor Arturo den Hartog and pianist Ernst Munneke will perform various songs from Hajary’s oeuvre.
Special thanks to Ellen de Vries, biographer of Majoie Hajary, for her programming advice and for sharing her research on life and work of Majoie Hajary. www.majoiehajary.org
Special thanks to Haags Gemeentearchief, collection Nederlands Muziek Instituut (NMI).
An interview with Maarten van Hinte and Ellen de Vries
Black Achievement Month
Every October, the Black Achievement Month Foundation celebrates individuals with African roots. As a result, the Black Achievement Month Foundation, in collaboration with other partners across the country, highlights the talents of diverse people. The goal is to celebrate diversity while combating racism, discrimination, and intolerance. Dutch National Opera & Ballet will present an opera and ballet programme this year to reflect on the legacy of the past, honour contemporary artists, and look forward to the future, as part of our long-standing partnership with the Black Achievement Month Foundation.