6-22 Oct 2022
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
3:45, incl. 2 intervals
A heartbreaking fairy-tale opera
In this fairy tale, the villain is not a witch, but mankind. Engelbert Humperdinck’s Königskinder is a tragic story about a goose girl and a prince who fall in love. Together, they overcome magical obstacles and their own prejudices, but are misunderstood and rejected by the harsh society they live in.
Fairy-tale opera in three acts
Sung in German
Libretto Ernst Rosmer (Elsa Bernstein-Porges)
Musical direction Marc Albrecht
Stage direction and choreography Christof Loy
Set design Johannes Leiacker
Costume design Barbara Drosihn
Lighting design Olaf Winter
Dramaturgy Klaus Bertisch
Der Königssohn Daniel Behle
Die Gänsemagd Olga Kulchynska
Der Spielmann Josef Wagner
Die Hexe Doris Soffel
Der Holzhacker Sam Carl
Der Besenbinder Michael Pflumm
Die Tochter des Besenbinders Isabel Houtmortels (6, 13, 18 Oct), Anna Kemper** (9, 11, 16, 22 Oct)
Der Ratsälteste Henk Poort
Der Wirt Roger Smeets
Die Wirtstochter Kai Rüütel
Der Schneider Lucas van Lierop
Die Stallmagd Eva Kroon
Zwei Torwächter Hans Pieter Herman*, Christiaan Peters*
Eine Frau Yvonne Kok*
Die Liebe Camille Joubert (violin)
* Chorus of Dutch National Opera
** Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Edward Ananian-Cooper
Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor (part of Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam)
Children’s chorus master Anaïs de la Morandais
Couldn't you see Königskinder?
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Trailer - Königskinder
Along with the printed programme book, we also offer online programme information for this performance. The online programme will take you behind the scenes with in-depth stories, articles, and interviews with the creators and cast.
BRILLIANTLY BRIGHT PERFORMANCE OF HUMPERDINCK'S FAIRY TALE OPERA’’
‘‘Olga Kulchynska (soprano) and Daniel Behle (tenor) in the title roles perform their characters with intensity and glow.
FORGOTTEN OPERA 'KÖNIGSKINDER' IS A TREAT FOR THE EYE AND EAR’’
‘‘With Humperdinck's 'forgotten' opera Königskinder, conductor Marc Albrecht made an ideal comeback at DNO, with a delightfully playing Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and a terrific cast.
A STAGING THAT SHINES WITH POIGNANT BEAUTY’’
‘‘An evening not to be lightly forgotten, an opera like few others with music of impeccable quality.
HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL KÖNIGSKINDER AT DNO’’
‘‘This series of performances offers an excellent opportunity to experience this rarely played masterpiece by Humperdinck for once.
Königskinder is most moving when Humperdinck shows himself to be a true fairy tale storyteller who can evoke the bygone love dream of a dying person with a simple vocal line and a lone violin.
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Dutch National Opera has a long-standing and proud history with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, which has been its main orchestra partner for the past 30 years. It is widely considered to be one of the best opera orchestras in the world.
© Melle Meivogel
Königskinder - podcast
In this (Dutch) podcast, you will hear a brief introduction to the music of Königskinder performed by repetitor Ernst Munneke behind the piano. Together with dramaturge Laura Roling, they explore Wagner’s influence on this opera, the musical characterisation of the various main characters, and a few fun facts, such as the sound of the animal world.
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