26 Dec-9 Jan 2022


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Boekmanzaal

Running time

45 minutes


Vanaf €10,00


Musical fairy tale for everyone from the age of 4

A percussionist and a singer play and sing Grimm’s fairytale about the magical fish that makes all your wishes come true. Goud! Is effervescent music theatre about wanting much, getting everything and still not having enough.

Musical fairy tale for everyone from the age of 4

Jacob lives with his father and mother by the sea in a hollow under an old tree. One day, he catches an extraordinary fish. It looks at him with little black eyes and begs: ‘Throw me back and let me live and I’ll grant your every wish!’

Jacob’s parents know what to ask for. A warm blanket for the cold nights. A real bed. A home. They get all they wish for but are still unhappy. Jacob keeps getting sent back to the sea with more wishes. But could it be that the fish looks weaker every time? And why is the sea constantly more agitated?


Finally in our theatre

Composer Leonard Evers and librettist Flora Verbrugge wrote Goud! In 2012 for Theater Sonnevanck. The youth opera became an international success: various opera houses in Europe added the work to their repertoire. One of Sophie de Lint’s first wishes when she became Dutch National Opera’s director was to produce Goud!. The premiere was repeatedly postponed due to the corona pandemic, and last season there was no choice but to stage the show’s premiere online. This year the show will finally be played live in our theatre during the Christmas holidays.

For Dutch National Opera, Leonard Evers has also written the award-winning opera for preschoolers Kriebel which goes on tour this year.

PLEASE NOTE: you need a valid QR code from the coronavirus entry pass to visit this performance.

Performance information

Libretto  Flora Verbrugge
Direction  Kenza Koutchoukali
Set design  Amber Vandenhoeck
Costumes  Leo van den Boorn
Lighting design  Cor van den Brink
Dramaturgy  Wout van Tongeren

Performers  Vera Fiselier and Nienke Nasserian (alternating)
Percussion  Jennifer Heins and Laura Trompetter (alternating)

Coproduction with Opera Zuid

School performances
A number of private performances will be given especially to schools. Click here for more information about the school performances.

Sung in Dutch


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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.

17 April

An appealing, expressive fairytale adaptation.

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