Operadagen Rotterdam presents a series of contemporary music theatre productions as well as a fringe programme with many more intimate shows on unexpected locations throughout the city of Rotterdam.read more
American composer Michael Ellison probes the life of 13th century poet and thinker Jelaladin Rumi (Mevlâna) and his transformation from ordinary cleric to inspired mystic.
"Working together is like sculpting the contour and dimensions of this voice. This part is one of several elements that will make this performance really unique, because without Shams and the challenges he throws at Mevlana there would be no mystic awakening of Mevlâna."read more
Renato Proper wrote a blog about the try-out of Distant Voices.read more
"This must have been a wet dream for the producers: wonderful voices, technology and locations to create grand (or very small) performances."
Designer Frans van der Horst discusses his playful confrontation-installations on beauty and self-image. Exhibited on Schouwburgplein and other outdoor locations!
"The theme of this year's Operadagen Rotterdam, 'Dream & Act', inspired me to create this installation"read more
Joana Mühlenbrock, creative director at Fabrique Delft, explains how this year's campaign image for Operadagen 2012 was created.read more
"What is the story behind the campaign image?" Together with photographer Corriette Schoenarts, we at Fabrique wanted to create an image that would attract attention and seduce the audience. It's an image that – if you look more closely – will raise questions and allows everyone to make up their own story."
Blogger Marieke Muller writes about her 'Opera at Home' concert in 2011.read more
"The theme of this year's concert was 'forgotten musical treasures'. One of the really nice things about these house concerts is that you can choose from various types of music or you can choose to be surprised — and that is what we did."
Blogger Meng Li writes about his first opera concert in 2011.read more
"The hairs on the back of my neck bristle. What volume, what purity, what round and full sound! What I had first thought was going to be a boring concert for pensioners has suddenly turned into a real feast for the ear. Schubert brings depth with splendid music and words. Mahler masterfully blends music with folk poetry."
Blogger Renato Proper writes about the free perfomances during the festival in 2011.read more
"Secretly I seem to follow the same creed as the mother of writer Ernest van der Kwast: 'free is best'. Sometimes this is useful, but there are also moments that it makes you feel like a real miser. Or someone who's on the breadline. But in the case of Operadagen Rotterdam, free is indeed the best."