Dutch National Opera presents

Goud! LEONARD EVERS (1985)


Duration 00:45

By Leonard Evers

Language Dutch

A percussionist and a singer play and sing the story of a magical wish-fish that can make all your wishes come true. Goud! is infectious music theater for our younger audiences about wishing for lots, getting it all, and it still not being enough.

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The story

Jacob lives with his mother and father near the sea, in a hole under an old tree. One day he catches a very special fish .The fish looks at him with its dark eyes and begs: ‘Throw me back, let me live, and I’ll grant your every wish!’ Jacob’s parents know just what they’d like. A warm blanket for nighttime. A real bed. A house. They get everything they ask for, but they’re not really happy. Jacob has to keep returning to the sea with new wishes. But doesn’t the fish look a little bit weaker with every visit? And why does the sea start churning ever more wildly?


New Dutch production after European success

Composer Leonard Evers and librettist Flora Verbrugge wrote Goud! (‘Gold!’) in 2012 for Theater Sonnevanck. The youth opera became an international hit, with various opera houses in Europe adding it to their repertory. Sophie de Lint, director of Dutch National Opera, got to know the work during her time as artistic director of Opernhaus Zürich. She came to Amsterdam with the wish to put on Goud! here too. And now the opera returns to the Netherlands, in this brand-new production.

Co-production with Opera Zuid

Leonard Evers also wrote the toddler opera Kriebel for Dutch National Opera, which - after last season's sold-out performances - can be seen in our theatre in October 2020.


    Tue 11 Feb Westdeutsche Zeitung - Gold! (Goud!)

    Das eine Stunde dauernde Stück ist eine absolute Empfehlung für alle, die sich der Welt des Musiktheaters zunächst behutsam nähern wollen und eine Vorliebe für märchenhafte Stoffe mit gesellschaftskritischem Unterbau haben.

    Thu 20 Feb Theaterkrant about Kriebel

    "This performance fits in perfectly with the experience of a two-year-old."

Team, Cast and Chorus

Libretto and text
Flora Verbrugge
Composition and musical rehearsal
Leonard Evers
Stage director
Kenza Karin Koutchoukali
Wout van Tongeren
Amber Vandenhoeck
Leo van den Boorn
Cor van den Brink
Percussion and playing
Jennifer Heins and/or Laura Trompetter
Singing and playing
Vera Fiselier and/or Nienke Nasserian