Dates

4-9 May 2024

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Studio Boekman

Running time

approx. 1:15, no interval

Tickets

From € 15

Frieda Belinfante

Musical meets opera

Resistance activist, cellist, queer – but above all the first woman ever to conduct her own symphony orchestra. In partnership with Stichting Boon en Ster, Dutch National Opera is proud to present a one-woman musical about the life and times of the fascinating Frieda Belinfante (1904-1995).

Musical tribute to a pioneer with a fighting spirit

A first short version of this music theatre performance was developed in 2022 by writer Sietse Remmers, composer Frank Irving, stage director Sytske van der Ster, and actress and singer Esther Lindenbergh. Dutch National Opera felt that now was the time for an extended version with live musical accompaniment. The production will be presented as part of Theater Na de Dam, the annual theatre manifestation on the night of 4 May, the day of Remembrance of the Dead in the Netherlands, honouring those who died during WWII and subsequent conflicts. 

Lindenbergh, who plays Frieda, will take us on a journey through Frieda’s life set to music performed by the Chekhov Trio. Over the course of 75 minutes, we will catch a glimpse of her childhood years in Amsterdam, her sexual awakening, the wartime years, her subsequent depression, and her new life in the United States, where she forged a successful career as a conductor and met the love of her life. 

Credits

Artists 
Concept and text  Sietse Remmers
Concept and composition  Frank Irving
Concept and stage direction  Sytske van der Ster
Additional compositions, musical coordination  Leonard Evers
Costumes  Aldo Vreeburg
Design  Elian Smits
Set design  Okodi - Tess Ellis
Lighting design  Coen van der Hoeven
Dramaturgy  Céline Buren
Choreography  Aisa Lafour

Cast
Frieda Belinfante  Esther Lindenbergh

Ensemble
Chekhov Trio  Fem Devos, Emma Rhebergen, Anna Litvinenko
Clarinet  Neus Molero
Vocals  Lente de Vries, Delaja Verduin, Liesl Torfs, Fem Devos, 
Emma Rhebergen, Anna Litvinenko

Coproduction  Stichting Boon en Ster
Made possible with financial support from 
Dutch National Opera, Fund 21 and AFK

School performances (12+)
A number of performances will be given especially for schools on 14 May. 

This performance draws upon various sources, including the biography ‘Een schitterend vergeten leven’ by Toni Boumans, several documentaries that have been released, and conversations with surviving family members of Frieda. The performance is based on facts, but certain events and names have been altered.

Trailer Frieda Belinfante

Frieda Belinfante

Esther Lindenbergh delivers an outstanding performance as resistance activist Frieda Belinfante in a small parade tent

20 August

Ticket prices

  • Children aged 16 and under, City Pass & CJP: € 15,00
  • Adults: € 20,00

Prices exclude € 2,00 booking fee per ticket.

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Frieda Belinfante will also be performed in a few other Dutch theatres. Click here to see an overview of the tour.

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At gunpoint?
Frieda Belinfante (2022 - first version) | Photos: Annelies Verhelst
As conductor
The cellist
Frieda Belinfante on violin
All alone
The conductor
Frieda Belinfante (2022 - first version) | Photos: Annelies Verhelst
the conductor
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Theater Na de Dam

These performances are part of the national theatre event Theater Na de Dam. On the evening of National Remembrance Day, on 4 May, theatre makers and artists throughout the Netherlands devote themselves to lending extra significance to this day. Every year, more than a hundred performances take place at the same time, each of which addresses World War II in its own way.