6-21 sep 2021
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
A mass for the 21st century
This production of Missa in tempore belli is a dream come true for DNO’s brand-new chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti. Taking Haydn’s ‘Mass in time of war’ as its centrepiece, this special performance combines music theatre, dance, electronic composition and video.
Musical direction Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction, set design and lighting design Barbora Horáková
Choreography Juanjo Arqués
Associate set designer Sieger Kotterer
Associate lighting designer Peter van der Sluis
Costumes Jorine van Beek
Video Simon Hänggi | Hervé Thiot
Dramaturgy Niels Nuijten
Soprano Janai Brugger
Mezzo-soprano Polly Leech
Tenor Mingjie Lei
Baritone Johannes Kammler
Orchestra Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Live electronica Janiv Oron
Chorus Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Lionel Sow
Dancers Dutch National Ballet
Costa Allen, Erica Horwood, Dustin True, Clara Superfine, Yvonne Slingerland, Leo Hepler, Sebia Plantefève, Philippe Magdelijns, Isaac Mueller, Gregory Myles, Lauren Hunter, Claire Tjoe-Fat, Emma Mardegan en Guillermo Torrijos.
Sung in Latin
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
For over 35 years, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra have been Dutch National Opera's primary orchestral partners. The orchestra is regarded as one of the best opera orchestras in the world. In September 2021, Lorenzo Viotti will become the chief conductor of both the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Dutch National Opera.
Missa in tempore belli - podcast
Missa in tempore belli is a huge project. We hear religious music by Haydn and electronic compositions by Janiv Oron. On stage we see the choir, various video projections, soloists and dancers from Dutch National Ballet. In this introduction podcast (Dutch), Laura Roling, dramaturge at Dutch National Opera, sits down with Niels Nuijten, production dramaturge of Missa in tempore belli. Together they talk about this special production.
Missa in tempore belli
DNO's choir sang as angels from the sky, wrapped in white robes and standing on the upper stage of the constellation.
The Netherlands Philharmonic played outstandingly, the timpani duo Theun van Nieuwburg and Marc Aixa Siurana in particular. Their duet began haydnesque, but started to rock instantly. Afterwards, Viotti started the 'Agnus Dei' a capella, as if he wanted to emphasize that his amazing opera choir - first on a floating tribune, eventually on the floor in full glory - was the real star of the night.
The music that Oron created partly live on stage consists of soundscapes that match Haydn's religious music, but don't contrast it too much.
Viotti's other wish was to work with the National Ballet's dancers, who share the same roof, after all. This integrated choreography by Juanjo Arquès turned out great.