21 May until 26 May


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Online

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Grimm’s fairy tale as compelling story (4+)

A percussionist and a singer play and sing the story of a magical wish-fish that can make all your wishes come true. Goud! is infectious music theater for our younger audiences about wishing for lots, getting it all, and it still not being enough.

Goud! premieres online on Friday 21 May and remains available until 26 May.

Grimm's fairy tale as compelling story (4+)

The story

Jacob lives with his mother and father near the sea, in a hole under an old tree. One day he catches a very special fish .The fish looks at him with its dark eyes and begs: ‘Throw me back, let me live, and I’ll grant your every wish!’ Jacob’s parents know just what they’d like. A warm blanket for nighttime. A real bed. A house. They get everything they ask for, but they’re not really happy. Jacob has to keep returning to the sea with new wishes. But doesn’t the fish look a little bit weaker with every visit? And why does the sea start churning ever more wildly?



New Dutch production after European success
Composer Leonard Evers and librettist Flora Verbrugge wrote Goud! (‘Gold!’) in 2012 for Theater Sonnevanck. The youth opera became an international hit, with various opera houses in Europe adding it to their repertory. Sophie de Lint, director of Dutch National Opera, got to know the work during her time as artistic director of Opernhaus Zürich. She came to Amsterdam with the wish to put on Goud! here too. And now the opera returns to the Netherlands, in this brand-new production.

Co-production with Opera Zuid
Leonard Evers also wrote the toddler opera Kriebel for Dutch National Opera, which - after last season's sold-out performances - can be seen in our theatre in October 2021.

    Watch Goud! here




    Flora Verbrugge

    Composition and musical rehearsal

    Leonard Evers


    Kenza Karin Koutchoukali


    Wout van Tongeren


    Amber Vandenhoeck


    Leo van den Boorn


    Cor van den Brink

    Singing and playing

    Vera Fiselier

    Nienke Nasserian

    Percussion and playing

    Jennifer Heins

    Laura Trompetter

    Photo header

    Bjorn Frins

    Watch the trailer!

    Goud! Trailer
    Lovely reviews
    in the media
    1 October

    A small, precious piece of music theater. With an arrangement of mezzo-soprano and percussion, it transports you to the world of fantasy.

    11 February

    The one-hour piece is an absolute recommendation for anyone who initially wants to approach the world of musical theater with caution and who prefers fairytale material with a socially critical foundation.

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    The stream of this performance can be viewed for free
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