5-17 March


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium

Running time

2:40, incl. 1 intermission


From €15


Classic myth with a new edge

Eurydice – Die Liebenden, blind tells the well-known story of Orpheus and Eurydice, but from Eurydice’s perspective. Inspired by the Greek myth and by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus, Manfred Trojahn takes us, in his poetic and contemporary dramatic poem, on an inevitable journey to the underworld.

Classic myth with a new edge

Trojahn’s modern approach to the centuries-old myth focuses on the encounter between the two lovers. When their eyes meet, the first gentle seeds of love between Orpheus and Eurydice are planted. But their budding love is constantly and rudely disturbed by a third person. When Eurydice dies, Orpheus becomes even more aware of his feelings for her. This realization takes him to the underworld and drives him to make the fundamental decision of spending one last moment with her.


Seasoned artists and exciting debuts

More than ten years after his successful Orest, Manfred Trojahn, one of today’s most important German composers, returns to Dutch National Opera. With a composition marked by a gripping French atmosphere and style, Trojahn reveals the emotional essence of opera as an art form. For this world premiere, Dutch National Opera welcomes back director Pierre Audi, who has brought this well-known myth to our stage before. Baritone André Schuen and soprano Julia Kleiter make their DNO debut as the mythical couple. As the rulers of the Underworld, we welcome back baritone Thomas Oliemans and mezzo-soprano Katia Ledoux. Celebrated conductor Erik Nielsen, who conducted Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins last season, returns to bring Trojahn’s rich score to life with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

Performance information

Libretto  Manfred Trojahn
Musical direction  Erik Nielsen
Stage direction  Pierre Audi
Set and costume design  Christof Hetzer
Lighting design Jean Kalman
Video  Chris Kondek
Dramaturgy  Klaus Bertisch

Orpheus  Andrè Schuen
Eurydice  Julia Kleiter
Pluto  Thomas Oliemans
Proserpina  Katia Ledoux

Orchestra  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Commissioned by Dutch National Opera

Sung in German

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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 became the chief conductor of both the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Dutch National Opera.

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

In addition to its opera tasks, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is a regular performer in The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The orchestra works with internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as representatives of a new generation of top musicians. The orchestra makes classical music accessible to everyone who is open to it: not only on the big stages, but also in community centres, schools and hospitals. In this way, the orchestra provides the finest and best music experience for both classical connoisseurs and new listeners.

With its hospitable home auditorium, the NedPhO Dome in Amsterdam's 'Indische buurt', the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is right at the heart of society. Every year, the Orchestra organizes around two hundred activities for music education, neighbourhood participation and talent development.

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