19-21 June 2023
Paradiso, Main stage
Kings & Queens
Following the success of the first edition of Opera in Paradiso, Dutch National Opera Studio and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra present a new programme in which the kings and queens of baroque composers Georg Friedrich Handel and Henry Purcell enter the pop temple. Dutch National Opera Studio’s young singers will be accompanied by musicians from the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Hernán Schvartzman. The semi-staged evening is the result of two weeks of sessions with renowned opera director Christof Loy.
Opera in Paradiso: Dido and Aeneas (2022) | Photo: Eduardus Lee
Handel and Purcell’s compositions are part of the most prominent Baroque repertoire: music created between circa 1600 and 1750, characterized by richly ornamented melody lines, expressing complex emotions. In Kings & Queens, the crowning stars of Handel’s operatic and oratorio pieces Belshazzar, Ariodante, Rinaldo and Alcina, as well as Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, pass through in a celebration of royal music.
Netherlands Chamber 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.
Photo: Anna van Kooij