J.S. Bach - The Apocalypse

the opera that Bach never wrote

J.S. Bach - The Apocalypse

On the occasion of the centenary of the Netherlands Bach Society, OPERA2DAY and the Bach Society present J.S. Bach – The Apocalypse: 'the opera that Bach never wrote'. A successor of Vivaldi - Dangerous Liaisons, the ‘new baroque opera’ by both partners, that was enthusiastically received by audience and press in 2019. In the words of the opera critic of Dutch newspaper the Volkskrant: “This combination of historicizing and innovative opera practice cannot be applauded loudly enough.”

J.S. Bach - The Apocalypse premiered on 9 February 2022 at the Royal Theatre of The Hague. Due to the uncertain circumstances because of the Covid pandemic, the premiere was also the last performance. The tour will be postponed to 2024.

A dream comes true: on the occasion of the centenary of the Netherlands Bach Society, OPERA2DAY and the Bach Society present J.S. Bach – The Apocalypse: ‘the opera that Bach never wrote’.

For much of his life, Bach worked as a cantor in Leipzig, composing a great deal of church music. If things had turned out slightly different, he might also have become a celebrated opera composer. The dramatic power and radical innovations in his passions and cantatas even suggest that he may have conquered a unique place in opera history. With J.S. Bach – The Apocalypse you can hear what a Bach opera might have sounded like!

Bach's universal and timeless music, which so masterfully covers all aspects of human emotions, demands an equally dynamic libretto. An exciting story was found in the 16th century, an era full of natural disasters, violence and social discontent. J.S. Bach - The Apocalypse tells the story of Jan van Leyden. This Dutch actor, café owner and tailor, claimed that the end of time was near and convinced his followers that they could be the chosen ones at the Last Judgment. He subsequently crowned himself as king of a fundamentalist community in Münster, Germany, which soon evolved into a city-state under tyrannical leadership. Power, corruption and mass hysteria are at the heart of this almost archetypical chronicle of fundamentalism. The story therefore contains many parallels to our society today. The performances of the opera will be at the center of a range of activities exploring the theme, both in and outside the theatre.

The dramatic and musical scenario of J.S. Bach – The Apocalypse was developed by Serge van Veggel, artistic director of OPERA2DAY, and director of the performance. The leading German librettist Thomas Höft wrote the libretto. Composer Panos Iliopoulos, creator of a contemporary oeuvre as well as harpsichordist and baroque specialist, turns the opera - in which Bach's music plays the leading role - into a through-composed total. The musical direction is in the hands of Hernán Schvartzman, the musical director of OPERA2DAY.

 

 

 

 

 

J.S. Bach – The Apocalypse is a co-production of OPERA2DAY & the Netherlands Bach Society

ARTISTIC TEAM

Music Johann Sebastian Bach, Panos Iliopoulos

Libretto Thomas Höft

Scenario and stage direction Serge van Veggel

Musical direction Hernán Schvartzman

Scenography Herbert Janse

Light design Uri Rapaport

Technical production Ronald Tebra

Costumes Mirjam Pater

Hair & make-up Pilo Pilkes

Artistic leader Netherlands Bach Society Shunske Sato

 

CAST

Jan van Leyden Florian Sievers, tenor

Bernhard Knipperdollinck Wolf Matthias Friedrich, bass/baritone

Bishop / Jan Matthijsz Sytse Buwalda, countertenor

Dieuwer Brouwersdochter Cecilia Amancay Pastawski, mezzosoprano

Bernhard Rothmann Mattijs van der Woerd, baritone

Henrick Hendrickz / Jacob Dusentschuer Kaspar Kröner / Oscar Verhaar, countertenor

Claes Janssen / Envoy / Priest Wiebe-Pier Cnossen, baritone

Marijtje IJsbrandsdochter / Elisabeth Wandscherer Viola Blache, soprano

Heinrich Gresbeck Jobst Schnibbe, actor

Katharina Lauren Armishaw, soprano

Woman in rebellious group (scene 3) Emilie Wijers, alto

Friend of Jan van Leyden Jasper van Hofwegen, actor

The Bishop’s Captain Niels van Laar, actor

The Bishop’s Soldiers Boris van Bochoven, Elmer Jurriaanse, Janusz Pawlak, Zweitze Zwart, supporting actors

 

VOCAL ENSEMBLE THE NETHERLANDS BACH SOCIETY

Sopranos Lauren Armishaw, Aldona Bartnik (solo), Amelia Berridge, Heleen Bongenaar

Altos Mercè Bruguera Abelló (solo), Georgia Burashko, Oscar Verhaar, Emilie Wijers

Tenors Felipe Gallegos, Pablo Gregorian, João Moreira (solo), André Pérez Muíño

Basses Matthew Baker, Hidde Kleikamp, Mitchell Sandler (solo), Samuel Wong

 

ORCHESTRA THE NETHERLANDS BACH SOCIETY

Violin Shunske Sato, Sayuri Yamagata, Anneke van Haaften, Lidewij van der Voort, Andrew Wong

Viola Staas Swierstra, Femke Huizinga

Cello Lucia Swarts

Double bass Robert Franenberg, Hen Goldsobel

Viola da gamba Alex Baker, Anna Lachegyi

Traverso Marten Root, Doretthe Janssens

Oboe Rodrigo Lopez Paz, Katharina Verhaar

Bassoon Benny Aghassi, Yukiko Murakami

Trumpet Christopher Price, Amir Rabinovitz

Timpani / percussion (on stage) Marianna Soroka, Robert Kendell

Organ / harpsichord Siebe Henstra

Theorbe Mike Fentross, Rafael Arjona Ruz

Tuner organ / harpsichord Eduard Bos

 

UNDERSTUDIES

Jan van Leyden, vocal Jan Willem Schaafsma

Jan van Leyden, actor, and others Merijn de Jong

Heinrich Gresbeck Howard van Dodemont

Bernhard Knipperdollinck Wiebe-Pier Cnossen

Bernhard Rothmann Matthew Baker

Bishop Franz von Waldeck Kaspar Kröner

Dieuwer Brouwersdochter Georgia Burashko

Marijtje IJsbrandsdochter Amelia Berridge

Claes Janssen, and others Hidde Kleikamp

Katharina Heleen Bongenaar

Woman on the lookout Mercè Bruguera Abelló

J.S. Bach - The Apocalypse

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No current calendar dates found for this production.

Sunday 13 Mar 2022 - 14:30 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Saturday 12 Mar 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Friday 11 Mar 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Wednesday 09 Mar 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

De Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda


Addres: Boelekade 67
City: 2806 AE Gouda
Phone: 0182 - 513 750

Tuesday 08 Mar 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Parktheater, Eindhoven

Parktheater


Addres: Elzentlaan 50
City: 5615 CN Eindhoven
Phone: 040 - 2111122

Saturday 05 Mar 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden


Addres: Ruiterskwartier 4
City: 8911 BP Leeuwarden

Friday 04 Mar 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

SPOT Groningen (Stadsschouwburg), Groningen


Addres: Turfsingel 86
City: 9711 VX Groningen
Phone: 050-3680368

Wednesday 02 Mar 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Koninklijk Theater Carré, Amsterdam

Koninklijk Theater Carré


Addres: Amstel 115-125
City: 1018 EM Amsterdam
Phone: 0900 - 25 25 255 (€ 0,45 p/m)

Thursday 24 Feb 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Stadstheater Zoetermeer, Zoetermeer


Addres: Theaterplein 10
City: 2711 EK Zoetermeer

Wednesday 23 Feb 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Flint, Amersfoort


Addres: Coninckstraat 60
City: 3811 WK Amersfoort
Phone: 033 4229 229

Saturday 19 Feb 2022 - 20:15 HOUR

Schouwburg Kunstmin, Dordrecht


Addres: Sint Jorisweg 76
City: 3311 PL Dordrecht
Phone: 078 639 79 79

Friday 18 Feb 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Schouwburg Amstelveen, Amstelveen


Addres: Stadsplein 100
City: 1181 ZM Amstelveen
Phone: 020 547 51 75

Wednesday 16 Feb 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg


Addres: Louis Bouwmeesterplein 1
City: 5038 TN Tilburg
Phone: 013 543 22 20

Tuesday 15 Feb 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Theater Rotterdam (Schouwburg), Rotterdam


Addres: Schouwburgplein 25
City: 3012 CL Rotterdam
Phone: 010 - 40 44 111

Sunday 13 Feb 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht


Addres: Lucasbolwerk 24
City: 3512 EJ Utrecht
Phone: 030-23 02 023

Friday 11 Feb 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Theater Kerkrade, Kerkrade


Addres: Theaterplein 30
City: 6461 DR Kerkrade
Phone: 045-571 66 07

Wednesday 09 Feb 2022 - 19:00 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Tuesday 08 Feb 2022 - 19:00 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Saturday 05 Feb 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Deventer Schouwburg, Deventer

Deventer Schouwburg


Addres: Leeuwenbrug 2
City: 7411 TJ Deventer
Phone: 0900 3000 200

Friday 04 Feb 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

TAQA Theater De Vest, Alkmaar


Addres: Canadaplein 2
City: 1811 KE Alkmaar
Phone: 072-5489999

Wednesday 02 Feb 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

30CC, Leuven (BE)


Addres: Bondgenotenlaan 21
City: 3000 Leuven (BE)
Phone: 016 300 900

Sunday 30 Jan 2022 - 19:00 HOUR

Stadsschouwburg Haarlem, Haarlem


Addres: Wilsonsplein 23
City: 2011 VG Haarlem
Phone: 023 - 512 12 12 (keuze 1)

Wednesday 26 Jan 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen, Nijmegen


Addres: Keizer Karelplein 32h
City: 6511 NH Nijmegen
Phone: 024-3221100

Sunday 23 Jan 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Saturday 22 Jan 2022 - 20:00 HOUR

Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag

Koninklijke Schouwburg


Addres: Korte Voorhout 3
City: 2511 CW Den Haag
Phone: 0900 3456789 (10cpm)

Sunday 16 Jan 2022 - 15:00 HOUR

Theater aan de Schie, Schiedam


Addres: Stadserf 1
City: 3112 DZ Schiedam
Phone: 010-2467467

DURATION OF THE PERFORMANCE

Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes (intermission not included).

SUBTITLING

The opera will be sung in German, with English and Dutch subtitling.

 

  • '

    **** More than a bold idea, it is full-blooded opera

    '
  • NRC
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