Introduction

This website was founded in support of Dutch and Flemish opera composers. Eventually we will provide detailed portraits of all Dutch and Flemish opera composers. Operas ad composer will not just be disclosed by means of mere words, but also by means of audiovisual documentation in the form of photographs, and audio and video recordings of (excerpts of) these operas. By providing highlights in their proper context, these works are revived.

 

Aim is to revive those works for a broad audience, both in the Benelux and globally (70% of our visitors is from outside the Benelux, 50% from outside Europe)

 

I

Opera/composer of the Month

Every month we aim to focus on a specific composer and opera. Sometimes these are related, sometimes not. The focus will be on operas that are being revived either by ourself in 401DutchOpera concerts that started on April 26, 2015, or on revivals and world premieres by other opera companies. 

 

II

Reveil of Dutch and Flemish operas

The ultimate goal of 401DutchOperas.nl is  to spark a reveil of Dutch and Flemish operatic heritage by means of an antholgy that feature the highlights of 401 years of Dutch and Flemish opera, in addition to which we will increasingly organize concerts with highlights of this repertoire. These will subsequently be published by ourelves, and also by other media, on the internet, radio, television, cd, dvd and downloads.

III

Reveil of Dutch and Flemish vocal culture

A locical result of this ambition is a subsequent reveil of Dutch and flemish vocal culture. since the Dutch language parts are of course impossible to cast with non Dutch/Flemish singers. For our first concert we kept true to our ideals and engaged our personal favorites Flemish soprano Jolien De Gendt and tenor Denzil Delaere.

 

IV

CD/Download–producties

With the modern time premiere of Karel Miry's 1830's opera Charles Quint in Gent, Belgium, we started producing our own opera recordings as audio and video downloads. Charles quint was followed by our own recordings of Miry's Bouchard d'Avesnes, Wagnenaar's De Schipbreuk (The Schipwreck). We are currently working on a Diepenbrock concert release, and a releasse of Gevaert's Le Capitaine Henriot. 401DutchOperas is currently discussing future concerts with various aprtners, among others a Jan Brandt's Buys special and a complete performance of Sleeneia and Miry's De Dichter en zijn Droombeeld.

V

Nieuwe initiatieven

BOEK

The 401DutchOperas foundation is working on the anthologyin bookform of 401 Dutch Operas, which will feature a plenitudde of plot synopsises and stylistic characterizations ofthe operas concerned, along with informationon the composers. Surprisingly, more than 400 Dutch operas have been composed since Carolus Hacquarts & Dirk Buysero’s De triomferende min from 1680, which explain the title of the book and website: 401DutchOperas!

Names, titles, world premeres and where traceable also premiere casts and peformance histry will be included. The best 200+ titles will be selected for inclusion in the main text of the anthology.

DIGITALISING SCORES

The 401DutchOperas foundation is working on a plan to sigitalize all scores of Dutch and Flemish operas that survived destruction over the centuries, where fires and other resons have caused great losses. The hardest part of our 'work' is not so much the writing and organizing of concerts, but the locating and digitalizing of scores, often the only source to extract plots and determine the musical style.

The Challenge

DThe challenge that we face is easily sketched: the emre digitalizing of all Dutch operas alone encompasses a full 1,5 years of scanning. Although I can understand that some people would be discouraged by this, Seghers had the opposite response: with enough support you can save the entire Dutch operatic heritage in ONLY 1,5 years! A piece of cake...

Bas ten Have
Anthony van der Heijden
René Seghers