27 October - 3 November 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Studio Boekman

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From € 12,50

Lennox, campaign image; boy with moon necklace and book 'Lennox'

Funky family opera in adaptation of thrilling children's book (8+)

Lennox wanted to become brave soon. Preferably as quickly as possible, because he was ready for it. Fortunately, Lennox looked pretty cool for a boy who wasn’t yet brave.” RIGHTABOUTNOW INC. and Dutch National Opera have turned the exciting children’s book Lennox en de gouden sikkel (Lennox and the golden sickle) into a hip opera. A musical story about courage, friendship and the discovery that your world gets bigger when you know more.

Photo: Michiel Spijkers

Funky family opera in adaptation of thrilling children's book (8+)

Lennox knows his father is suffering from a mysterious illness. When his father forgets to take his lucky chain with him on the way to the Invisible Hospital, Lennox decides to go after his father together with his best friend. 

Based on prize-winning book

The book’s author Zindzi Zevenbergen won a Zilveren Griffel, a prominent Dutch award for children’s books, in 2022; the illustrators Hedy Tjin and Brian Elstak won a Zilveren Penseel award. Their dynamic illustrations were a major source of inspiration for the aesthetics of this production.

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Bnnyhunna (Benjamin Ankomah) wrote the music for Lennox, his first opera. He received a Buma Music In Media Award in 2023 for his work, which combines jazz, gospel, afro and hip-hop influences. Bnnyhunna teamed up with Neo Muyanga, the composer of How Anansi freed the stories of the world, for Lennox.

Dutch National Opera has collaborated with RIGHTABOUTNOW INC. for some years now, including for the annual celebration of Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in our theatre. Lennox will be the first full-length work in co-production with this interdisciplinary urban performing arts centre.

Performance information

Sung in Dutch

Composition  Bnnyhunna (Benjamin Ankomah)in collaboration with Neo Muyanga

Libretto  Maarten van Hinte, based on the book Lennox en de gouden sikkel  by Zindzi Zevenbergen, Hedy Tjin and Brian Elstak

Stage direction  Marjorie Boston
Dramaturgy  Wout van Tongeren

Commission and co-production of Dutch National Opera and RIGHTABOUTNOW INC.

Performances for schools
We offer exclusive school matinees for primary school students. Please visit this page for more information.

The original book by Zindzi Zevenbergen, Hedy Tjin and Brian Elstak is published by De Harmonie, Amsterdam, 2021

Ticket prices

  • CJP, Stadspas & Youth aged 16 and under: € 12,50
  • Adults: € 15,00

All prices exclude the booking fee (€ 2 per ticket).

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