The chorus of Dutch National Opera has been chosen Best Opera Chorus 2016 by the leading opera magazine Opernwelt.
Fifty independent international opera critics nominated their favourites of the past season. Opernwelt collected these selections in the 2016 Yearbook. The Chorus of Dutch National Opera received the most citations in the category ‘Best Opera Chorus’.
Well deserved, says choirmaster Ching-Lien Wu: “Musically as well as theatrically, the singers raise the standard of every production. As a vocal orchestra they are indispensable. I am proud to see the chorus acknowledged by the international press.”
During the past season the chorus has played a prominent role in productions including Pique Dame and Khovanshchina. Over the latter production, Christoph Schmitz wrote for Deutschlandfunk: “The chorus, an organic mass, covers the complete range of singing, from folklore via religious zeal to political hysteria.’ Praise, too, from the Dutch press: ‘The chorus is brilliant; in the course of the long evening it develops into a full-fledged leading role’ (De Volkskrant).
In Pique Dame—frequently cited in the yearbook in the category ‘Best Production’—the chorus is described as ‘brilliant, dynamic and virtuosic’ (Opernwelt). The NRC called the chorus scenes ‘magnificent’.
This season the Chorus of Dutch National Opera can also be heard in Jephtha and the monumental choral production Prince Igor.
In May 2016 Dutch National Opera received the International Opera Award for Best Company of the Year.