14-30 March 2025


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

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Multi-voiced portrait of a generation

The end of a war. A child’s birthday party. A wall comes down in the centre of the city. Someone’s first kiss. The economy collapses. A new millennium. Temperatures rising. Friends dying. And everyone keeps buying new mobile phones.

Multi-voiced portrait of a generation

We Are The Lucky Ones tells the story of a generation. It is based on interviews with more than seventy people in Western Europe who were born between 1940 and 1949. It is the story of people who started out with little, who experienced ever-improving living standards and are now leaving behind a world where such growth is no longer sustainable. Their memories form a collective time capsule of the past eighty years, told as one continuous life story in music theatre form. Following individual experiences and societal changes over the decades, the opera raises crucial questions about the relationship between the private and the political, the impact of our choices and what truly matters in the end.

Successful duo

We Are The Lucky Ones is composer Philip Venables and director Ted Huffman’s fourth music theatre collaboration, their first orchestral opera and their first collaboration with playwright Segal. The duo’s chamber opera Denis & Katya, a reconstruction of the tragic fate of two real-life Russian teenagers compiled from various perspectives, was a hit at the 2022 Opera Forward Festival. Their latest collaboration, The Faggots and their Friends between Revolutions, an adaptation of Larry Mitchell’s queer fairy tale, received rave reviews upon its premiere at the Festival d’Aix-en Provence and is included in the programming of the 2024 Holland Festival.

Bassem Akiki

The conductor for this work is Bassem Akiki, who previously demonstrated his significant talents as an interpreter of new music with the world premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s Animal Farm. With the adventurous Residentie Orkest and a cast of singers of the highest calibre, We Are The Lucky Ones has all the ingredients of a world premiere to eagerly look forward to.

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Single ticket sales for We Are The Lucky Ones start on 22 August at 12:00 (pm). Don’t want to miss this on-sale moment? Sign up for our ticket alert and receive a notification when the single ticket sales open.

Performance information

Sung in English

Composition  Philip Venables
Libretto  Nina Segal and Ted Huffman

Musical direction  Bassem Akiki
Stage direction and set design  Ted Huffman
Lighting design  Bertrand Couderc
Movement  Pim Veulings
Dramaturgy  Nina Segal, Laura Roling

One  Claron McFadden
Two  Jacquelyn Stucker
Three  Nina van Essen
Four  Helena Rasker
Five  Miles Mykkanen
Six  Frederick Ballentine
Seven  Germán Olvera
Eight  Alex Rosen

Residentie Orkest

Co-production with Ruhrtriennale 

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Philip Venables

“An interesting wedge has developed between the generations”

Philip Venables, Nina Segal and Ted Huffman on We Are The Lucky Ones.

Residentie Orkest The Hague

Residentie Orkest The Hague

The Residentie Orkest is one of the great symphony orchestras of the Netherlands with a rich history – it celebrates its 120th anniversary in 2024. This innovative orchestra, with chief conductor Anja Bihlmaier at the helm, plays at leading venues in the Netherlands and abroad in addition to its home venue Amare in The Hague. The Residentie Orkest has previously performed in new productions such as Blue and Innocence at Dutch National Opera. Season 2024-2025, the orchestra will be playing in the world premiere of Philip Venables’ new opera We Are The Lucky Ones.