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Opera Forward Festival 2020
In this satirical piece, star soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and actress Anna Drijver perform two sides of the same young woman. In seven American cities, they encounter the seven deadly sins. The Seven Deadly Sins is called a 'ballet chanté' - but in fact there's hardly any dancing in it. The text is by Bertolt Brecht and is sung in German.
Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht
Die sieben Todsünden, a collaboration between the successful duo of composer Kurt Weill and playwright Bertolt Brecht, premiered in Paris in 1933. It is a play full of irony, satire and razor-sharp social criticism.
The internationally renowned Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek returns to DNO for this special OFF anniversary program. Earlier this season she performed her signature role Sieglinde in Die Walküre. In the role of Anna I, she embodies the voice of conscience.
Anna Drijver takes on the other, more impulsive side of Anna's character. The Dutch actress is known from films such as Bride Flight and Komt een vrouw bij de dokter.
Ola Mafaalani and Markus Stenz
The Seven Deadly Sins is directed by stage director and former director of the Noord Nederlands Toneel, Ola Mafaalani, who is taking up opera for the first time. The musical direction is in the hands of conductor Markus Stenz, the former chief conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and an expert in this repertoire. He conducts an ensemble consisting of students from the conservatories of The Hague and Rotterdam. During the play, designer André Joosten creates a live painting in the background, inspired by the story of the two Annas.
Before the performance of Weill's Seven Deadly Sins starts, Flemish writer Dimitri Verhulst (1972) will give his personal contemporary vision of the seven deadly sins.
Opera Forward Festival
13 to 22 March 2020, the fifth edition of the Opera Forward Festival will take place. With OFF '20, Dutch National Opera brings different art forms, new talent and established artists together.
This production is part of Opera Forward Festival and is made possible by:
Founding Partners Opera Forward Festival
Production partner Opera Forward Festival
Main sponsor Dutch National Opera & Ballet