Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium
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A mass for the 21st century
This production of Missa in tempore belli is a dream come true for DNO’s brand-new chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti. Taking Haydn’s ‘Mass in time of war’ as its centrepiece, this special performance combines music theatre, dance, electronic composition and video.
Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli is like an enormous Baroque church: the orchestra and choir form a solid structure, which the soloists then embellish with beautiful, delicate ornamentation. The piece is also known as the Paukenmesse (kettledrum mass) because of the dramatic use of timpani, a theatrical touch that is unusual for a mass.
Collaboration with Dutch National Ballet
It was Lorenzo Viotti’s express wish to open the season with a production involving dancers from Dutch National Ballet alongside ‘his’ Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch National Opera Chorus.
Spanish choreographer Juanjo Arqués, closely associated with Dutch National Ballet, creates a new choreography for nine dancers, giving physical expression to the contrasts that are central to Horáková’s vision.
Musical direction Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction, set design and lighting design Barbora Horáková
Choreography Juanjo Arqués
Associate set designer Sieger Kotterer
Associate lighting designer Peter van der Sluis
Video Simon Haenggi | Hervé Thiot
Dramaturgy Niels Nuijten
Soprano Janai Brugger
Alto Polly Leech
Tenor Mingjie Lei
Bass Johannes Kammler
Orchestra Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Lionel Sow
Sung in Latin
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 will become the chief conductor of both the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Dutch National Opera.