15-21 November 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

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Love and suffering at the birth of opera

Eros weeps, and in the sparkling tears appear the dark aspects of love. Conductor Raphaël Pichon – together with his Pygmalion ensemble and choir – and theatremaker Romeo Castellucci go back to opera’s roots for their brandnew production Le lacrime di Eros. Inspired by the creativity and unconstrained experimentation of Florence in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, they explore a topic that has been at the heart of opera since its very beginnings: love.

Love and suffering at the birth of opera

In Renaissance Florence, composers, philosophers, poets, choreographers, painters and inventors joined forces to create a new art form: opera. The rich repertoire of composers such as Striggio, Malvezzi, Marenzio, Peri, Caccini, Cavalieri and, somewhat later, a young Claudio Monteverdi bears musical witness to the birth of the new genre. In their music, love is far from being something sweetly sentimental; it is inextricably linked with a dark shadow. Operating masterfully at the interface of opera with performance art and the visual arts, Romeo Castellucci will present the many faces of love in a production that has all the ingredients for a striking and hauntingly beautiful experience.

Dialogue between Renaissance music and electronic music

Raphaël Pichon and his Pygmalion ensemble enact a dialogue between original material from the Renaissance and the electronic music of Scott Gibbons. In his new compositions, Gibbons amplifies and distorts the sounds of the performers’ bodies to explore human passion in all its tenderness and cruelty.

Le lacrime di Eros also uses the latest technology in artificial acoustics and sound mapping to create a sound space that is an artwork in its own right. In this advanced soundscape, audiences will not only hear the Pygmalion choir but also an ensemble of impressive voices and stage personalities. Soprano Jeanine De Bique previously sang the roles of Annio in La clemenza di Tito (2018) and Aida in Caruso a Cuba (2018) with DNO, while mezzo-soprano Katia Ledoux performed the roles of Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande (2019), Makuba in How Anansi Freed the Stories of the World (2021) and Proserpine in Eurydice – Die Liebenden, blind (2022). Baritone Gyula Orendt returns to Amsterdam after his performance of Gaveston/Stranger in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence (2018), while tenor Zachary Wilder will be making his house debut.

Performance information

Sung in Italian

Libretto  Part original libretti, part new texts. Expanded on by Claudia Castellucci

Musical concept, musical arrangements and conductor  Raphaël Pichon
Concept, stage direction and set, costume and lighting designer  Romeo Castellucci
Dramaturgy  Piersandra Di Matteo
Electronic compositions  Scott Gibbons

Il Poeta  Gyula Orendt
La Ninfa  Jeanine De Bique
La Messagiera  Katia Ledoux
Il Pastore  Zachary Wilder

Ensemble & Choeur Pygmalion

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Raphaël Pichon

A rebirth rather than a reconstruction

Musical leader Raphaël Pichon and director Romeo Castellucci on Le lacrime di Eros.

Ensemble Pygmalion

Ensemble Pygmalion

Ensemble Pygmalion, founded in 2006 by its musical leader Raphaël Pichon, consists of a chorus and an orchestra that plays instruments from the past. The ensemble explores the commonalities between ostensibly disparate composers and develops unique programmes that combine music from different periods. In the 2024 – 2025 season, Pichon and his Ensemble Pygmalion will be making an appearance at Dutch National Opera in the new production Le lacrime di Eros.

Photo: Piergab