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Under the motto of LOST AND FOUND, Operadagen Rotterdam embarked on a ground-breaking quest last year. Where is society headed? What are the latest forms of contemporary opera and music theatre? What are the most current topics? We continue our journey in 2018 with the sub-theme of HEROISM. It is about the challenges and ordeals that are part and parcel of every adventure. Often the darkest days of the voyage but these are also the moments when people can show true courage.

The performances in this brochure explore the concept of bravery in all its facets. Inspirational and poignant stories travelled to Rotterdam from various quarters; from Argentina to Switzerland and from Tanzania to Ukraine. Some have a modest scope and focus on personal experiences, for example Masai and De Grens (The border) but there are also productions on a grander scale such as Earth Diver, De Christina Cyclus, and Operadagen’s urban project BEAST.

Operadagen Rotterdam proves the diversity and relevance of today’s opera and music theatre. All sorts of performing arts, audiences, and artists come together in these living traditions. We will be welcoming big names such as star composer Gavin Bryars, consummate entertainer Sven Ratzke, and several fantastic choirs, including Collegium Vocale Gent and Young @ Heart. Some of the heroes of previous festival editions will be returning. Not least the unsurpassed Cappella Mediterranea and our festival ambassador, Claron McFadden. The spotlight will also be on upcoming talents such as DESCHONECOMPANIE, Tijdelijke Samenscholing, Nienke Nasserian Nillesen, and Les Âmes Perdues. And there is an extensive hero programme in Maaspodium that the entire family can enjoy. Even the very youngest spectators!

However, this is just a small sample of over 100 performances. Rediscover classic operas in a contemporary format or leave the beaten path to enjoy brand-new and cutting-edge productions. Watch some of the most talked-about international performances and specials that we have selected for you. And you can take a walk with us around the city centre, invite an opera in your very own living room, or visit our GALA!’s second edition. Or spend the Whitsun holidays in our wondrous Operaland in Schiedam.

Together with the artists and audience members from many different countries and cultures you will be able to mirror our heroic world, which is constantly in motion, notwithstanding its trials and tribulations. On behalf of the festival team I wish you an inspiring and exciting festival.

Guy Coolen
Artistic director



You can find more information about Operadagen Rotterdam here.

At the top of each performance page you will find an English summary.
All performances can be found under the tab Programma.