Dates

5-7 March

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Boekmanzaal

Running time

0:30, no intermission

Tickets

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Love in times of virtual reality

What is the nature of love nowadays? Inspired by Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera Orphée et Eurydice, opera director Robin Coops and VR pioneer Avinash Changa explore this topic in three different opera experiences.

Love in times of virtual reality

In this version of the myth, Orpheus and Eurydice are not separated by death, but by a fate that strikes many present-day relationships: the lovers have lost each other along the way. They don’t communicate directly anymore, only via text messages with L’Amour, the personification of love, who in turn is at a loss how to properly fulfil his role as a mediator.

 

Three different experiences

Using theatre and VR technology, Coops and Changa let the audience experience the story from three different perspectives: Orpheus’, Eurydice’s and L’Amour’s, captured in three short performances, which can be experienced either separately or together. Gluck’s music is transformed by Dutch-Polish composer Zbigniew Wolny into an intimate and colourful arrangement for tenor, guitar and electronics.

 

Robin Coops

With his interdisciplinary approach, Dutch director Robin Coops (1988) is a rising contemporary opera-maker. His work is an original amalgam of music, theatre, film, technology and digital culture. For Orphée | L’Amour | Eurydice, he drew inspiration from his personal experiences with love and a broken relationship. He joins forces with Avinash Changa, who has developed new techniques especially for this performance in order to provide a maximally immersive VR experience.

Performance information

Libretto  Hélène Vrijdag
Stage direction  Robin Coops
VR direction  Avinash Changa
Set design  Maze de Boer
Costumes  Martijn Kramp
Lighting  Wijnand van der Horst
Choreography  Dunja Jocic
Dramaturgy  Willem Bruls

Orphée  Lucas van Lierop

VR Opera

O|A|E

Collaboration of three opera companies

Dutch National Opera, the Nederlandse Reisopera and Opera Zuid are joining forces in an exchange of expertise, knowledge and experience, with the singers of Dutch National Opera Studio playing a major role.

Collaboration of three opera companies

Talent development

The three opera companies consider it an important part of their mission to enable artistic opera talent to develop further. After all, the future of the art form depends in part on how talents are given a platform and how they are enabled to grow. The three houses will use their resources and experience for a long-term cooperative program aimed at developing talent in the Dutch opera and music theater sector.

 

Collaborations

The tangible result of the collaboration will be an annual co-production, which will receive national exposure through a tour. Orphée | L’Amour | Eurydice is the second co-production. Dutch National Opera Studio will play a major role in these co-productions, but in addition to the young singers in this international talent program, there will also be collaboration with young Dutch singers or singers trained in the Netherlands. Talent development is not limited to singers, however: the three companies observe a great need for opportunities for young theater makers, composers and artistic teams within opera.

‘We are convinced that this will be a real win-win collaboration, especially for the young talents we want to support’


DIRECTOR SOPHIE DE LINT

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Introduction

Almost every performance at Dutch National Opera & Ballet is preceded by an introduction, with background information that can deepen your theater visit. The introductions are in Dutch and admission is free by showing a valid ticket.

Time: 45 minutes before the start of each performance
Location: Odeonzaal; entrance between the even and odd cloakrooms

 

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