3-23 June 2021
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
1:40 hours, no break
An erotic mystery
The first two humans on earth were in love. The third man killed the fourth. Die ersten Menschen tells the story of the first family in the biblical history of mankind: Adahm and Chawa and their sons Kajin and Chabel. In Die ersten Menschen, the well-known Bible story of Kajin's murder of his brother is interpreted from a completely different angle.
Musical direction François-Xavier Roth
Direction Calixto Bieito
Set design Rebecca Ringst
Costumes Ingo Krügler
Lighting Michael Bauer
Video Sarah Derendinger
Adahm Kyle Ketelsen
Kajin Leigh Melrose
Chawa Annette Dasch
Chabel John Osborn
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Sung in German, with Dutch and English surtitles
Joep Leerssen reveals the cultural-historical context of this unknown but fascinating, steamy opera. On Thursday 27 May from 5:15 - 6.30 PM (CET), you can watch the livestream of this lecture for free. After the live broadcast, the lecture will remain available online.
Please note: the online programme is in Dutch.
Die ersten Menschen - Podcast
In this two-part (Dutch) podcast you get to know the unknown but impressive opera Die ersten Menschen by Rudi Stephan. In part one, dramatist Luc Joosten sketches the cultural and historical context in which the opera was created, and director Calixto Bieito and conductor François-Xavier Roth also have their say. In part two, a musical journey through the score is made with repetitor Jan-Paul Grijpink at the piano.
Deel 1: 'Die ersten Menschen': een inleiding in een bijzondere opera
Deel 2: 'Die ersten Menschen': een reis door de partituur
Interview with François-Xavier Roth
Do you want to read more about Die ersten Menschen and itsmakers? Then read this interview (in Dutch) with François-Xavier Roth in Trouw!
The Concertgebouw orkest
The Concertgebouworkest was founded in 1888. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1988, the orchestra officially received the appellation ‘Royal’. Based in Amsterdam, the Concertgebouworkest is one of the very best orchestras in the world. Time and time again, critics have lauded its unique sound.
Die ersten Menschen has all the ingredients to make you experience to the core of your being what opera is
It is music of the highest order, from extremely oppressive to magnificently radiant ... It was an unparalleled five-star evening.
Kyle Ketelsen (Adahm), Annette Dasch (Chawa), John Osborn (Chabel) and Leigh Melrose sing and play their murderously heavy roles splendidly and with terrifying intensity.