9-24 Mar 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

1:40, no interval


From € 16

Oedipus Rex / Antigone

Two classical tragedies

Ambitious works for chorus, vocal soloists and dancers

This double bill — Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (1927) and Samy Moussa’s Antigone (2020) — centres on the tragic collision between the political and the personal. In this new production, stage director Mart van Berckel and director-choreographer Nanine Linning bring together the worlds of classical tragedy and of twentieth- and twenty-first-century music in a unique theatrical experience. 

Photo: Marta Syrko

Two classical tragedies

In Oedipus Rex, Stravinsky’s imposing opera-oratorio in Latin, the city of Thebes is afflicted by a pestilence. The only way to end the plague is to find and punish the old king’s murderer. Tensions mount ever higher between the people of the city and their leaders. Moussa’s Antigone, sung in Greek, deals with the tragedy of Oedipus’s daughter. Out of a sense of moral obligation, she breaks the law introduced by King Creon, but her decision does not go unpunished.


World premiere

While Stravinsky’s opera assigns a key role to the male chorus, the Canadian composer Samy Moussa foregrounds the female chorus in his new composition. Moussa’s lively, colourful sound worlds have previously been performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker and the London Symphony Orchestra, among others. The conductor Erik Nielsen, a specialist in the modern and contemporary repertoire, is in charge of premiering Moussa’s first major vocal composition. He will be conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, a return to the orchestra with which he previously premiered Manfred Trojahn’s Eurydice – Die Liebenden, blind. 


Mart van Berckel and Nanine Linning

Mart van Berckel (who previously directed the provocative production Ändere die Welt at DNO) and Nanine Linning (both a choreographer and opera director, in her debut at DNO and DNB) were able to take charge of the stage direction for this project at short notice. Working in tandem, they have created a theatrical experience that takes the political and social predicaments of the ancient city of Thebes as its central theme. 

Mart van Berckel is responsible for the male chorus and vocal soloists in the impressive Oedipus Rex while Nanine Linning has developed a vivid theatrical idiom for Antigone in partnership with the female chorus and dancers of Dutch National Ballet. They are working with an outstanding cast of performers, including mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly (Jocasta), tenor Sean Panikkar (Oedipus) and dancer Anna Ol, a principal dancer at Dutch National Ballet. 

Performance information

Musical direction  Erik Nielsen
Stage direction of Oedipus Rex  Mart van Berckel
Stage direction and choreography of Antigone  Nanine Linning
Set and costume design  TBD
Lighting design  Cor van den Brink
Dramaturgy  Luc Joosten, Laura Roling

Oedipus Rex
Sung in Latin

Libretto Jean Cocteau, based on Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex

Oedipus  Sean Panikkar
Jocasta  Dame Sarah Connolly
Creon  Bastiaan Everink
Tiresias  Rafał Siwek
Pastor  Linard Vrielink
Nuntius  Frederik Bergman
Speaker  TBD

Sung in Ancient Greek, composed for women’s chorus and orchestra

Antigone  Anna Ol / Qian Liu
Polynices  Dingkai Bai / Rémy Catalan
Eteocles  Fabio Rinieri / Gabriel Rajah
Eurydice  Sandra Quintyn / Antonina Tchirpanlieva
Haemon  Sander Baaij / Gabriel Rajah
Creon  Bastiaan Everink
Tiresias  Rafał Siwek

Samy Moussa in collaboration with Niall Potter; based on texts by Aeschylus, Apollodorus, Empedocles, Euripides, Philostratus the Elder and Sophocles

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master  Edward Ananian-Cooper

Composition commission and co-production with Norwegian National Opera & Ballet (Oslo).
Antigone: Co-commission with Festival de Lanaudière (Canada).

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Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra have been the main orchestral partners of Dutch National Opera for over thirty years. They are regarded as among the best opera orchestras in the world. The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is the main regular stage for their concerts.

Photo: Melle Meivogel

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

In addition to the programmes with chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti and Gordan Nicolić (musical leader of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), the orchestras collaborate with both internationally acclaimed guest conductors and soloists and top-class musicians from the up-and-coming generation. The orchestras perform at numerous venues, bringing people together through their music and giving both classical music aficionados and new audiences the perfect musical experience. With their welcoming home base in the NedPhO Dome in Amsterdam’s Indische Buurt neighbourhood, the two orchestras are at  the heart of the community and aim to make classical music accessible to everyone who shows an interest.

In the 2023-2024 season, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing the operas Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Lohengrin, Il trittico and Oedipus Rex / Antigone.The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra can be heard in Die Zauberflöte and Roberto Devereux


An introduction will take place 45 minutes before the start of this performance, during which an expert will give background information and offer interesting perspectives on the performance, allowing you to get even more out of your theatre visit. The introductions are given in Dutch. They can be visited for free and without reservation, by showing your ticket for the performance.

Introduction Oedipus Rex / Antigone by: Laura Roling
Location: Souterrain

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