25 June - 25 December
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Online
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.
Please note: this performance is a livestream.
Musical direction François-Xavier Roth
Direction Calixto Bieito
Set design Rebecca Ringst
Costumes Ingo Krügler
Lighting Michael Bauer
Video Sarah Derendinger
Adahm Kyle Ketelsen
Kaijn Leigh Melrose
Chawa Annette Dasch
Chabel John Osborn
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Sung in German, with Dutch and English surtitles
Receive the free programme
Click on the link below to receive the online programme. This PDF programme is available in Dutch and English. With wonderful images and information about the music and the cast.
From Thursday 3 June, you can also purchase an extensive, printed (Dutch) programme booklet, which will provide you with extra information about the opera and both the German libretto and its Dutch translation.
Online programme in collaboration with SPUI25
Joep Leerssen reveals the cultural-historical context of this unknown but fascinating and steamy opera. On Thursday 27 May from 5:15 - 6:30 PM (CET) you can watch the livestream of this reading for free. After the live broadcast, the reading will remain available online.
Please note: the reading 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
Die ersten Menschen will be streamed for free via the European culture TV channel ARTE and on this webpage on Friday 25 June at 20:00. The performance will remain available for six months after that.
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.
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