Dates

20 November - 30 December 2022

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

t.b.a.

Tickets

From €10

Lorenzo Viotti

Family production about the power of imagination (8+)

Operetta Land doesn’t exist. It’s an imaginary place, with imaginary people, who have imaginary adventures and burst into song at every turn. And yet, once you have set foot in Operetta Land, you’ll never want to leave. Come see for yourself if you don’t believe us…

Photo: Lorenzo Viotti | © Linda Stulic

Family production about the power of imagination (8+)

In Operetta Land, a spellbinding treat for the whole family, theatre director Steef de Jong takes the audience on a journey packed with everything that makes operetta so compelling: romance, misunderstandings, mistaken identities, deception and, last but not least, exquisite music. Steef has used pieces by composers such as Strauss, Offenbach and Sullivan to seamlessly craft a brand-new, contemporary operetta for audiences of all ages. Come and meet the aloof Princess Galatea, the love-hungry chamber woman Lady Kant, the dastardly King Pygmalion, the secretive Prince Nicola as well as many more memorable characters.

Steef de Jong has enjoyed many years of success with his productions, in which he uses ingeniously constructed cardboard sets to spark the audience’s imagination. In his work, Steef draws heavily on the rich history of operetta, the frivolous and enticing little sister of opera. Now he is bringing his multifaceted approach to the big stage of Dutch National Opera for the first time. Young musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands will be performing a selection from the operetta repertoire, led by Lorenzo Viotti, chief conductor of Dutch National Opera, and Aldert Vermeulen. A cast of young singers, including some from Dutch National Opera Studio, will take on the eccentric characters in this wonderfully entertaining production.

Performance information

Concept and performance  Steef de Jong
Text  Paulien Cornelisse and Steef de Jong

Music  Johann Strauss JR, Jacques Offenbach, Arthur Sullivan, et al. 
Musical direction  Lorenzo Viotti and Aldert Vermeulen
Dramaturgy  Laura Roling

In collaboration with Vienna Volksoper

School performances  Private matinee performances will be given especially to schools

Orchestra  National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands

Imaginative worlds made of cardboard

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Steef de Jong

‘Operetta Land: a place where imagination reigns supreme’

Steef de Jong champions romance and sentimentality.

Photo: Steef de Jong | © Tim Stet

Packed with everything that makes operetta so compelling

Nationaal Jeugdorkest

National Youth Orchestra

The NJO National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands was founded in 1957 and has been offering a stage to young talented musicians between 18 and 26 for over sixty years. Since 2019, the National Youth Orchestra and the Jeugdorkest Nederland have joined forces as Nationale Jeugdorkesten Nederland. Earlier, the orchestra performed at Dutch National Opera in their productions of Il matrimonio segreto and The Boy who grew too fast. This season, the NJO will feature in a production by Steef de Jong.

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