Dutch National Opera presents

Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins Ballet with Singing - Text: Bertolt Brecht

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Opera Forward Festival 2020

Duration 1:00

By Kurt Weill & text by: Bertolt Brecht

Language Sung in German

To our great regret, we are forced to cancel all performances up to and including 6 April due to the advice of the central government regarding the Coronavirus. The new measures apply until 6 April. Read more information here: operaballet.nl/corona-update

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.

Eva-Maria Westbroek
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
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 performance, designer André Joosten creates a live painting, inspired by the story by Brecht.


Dimitri Verhulst 
Due to personal circumstances, Dimitri Verhulst's introduction is cancelled. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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.

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Team, Cast and Chorus

Musical director
Markus Stenz
Stage director
Ola Mafaalani
Set desginer
André Joosten
Costume designer
Regine Standfuss
Light designer
Sharon Huizinga
Ensembles of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Codarts Rotterdam
Anna I
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Anna II
Anna Drijver
Erik Slik
Marcel Reijans
Peter Arink
Michael Wilmering

This production is part of Opera Forward Festival and is made possible by:

Founding Partners Opera Forward Festival

Production partner Opera Forward Festival

Partner OFF-Talents


Main sponsor Dutch National Opera & Ballet