Serge van Veggel
Serge van Veggel is one of the founders of OPERA2DAY. In recent years, as its artistic director and stage director, he has developed a number of very diverse productions. He often chooses a conceptual approach, thus creating new works based on existing repertoire. He has a preference for merging opera with - sometimes unexpected - genres such as textual theatre, dance, cinematography, illusionism and puppetry, and for performances on unusual locations.
The above applies to La troupe d’Orphée, around Charpentier’s repertoire, Dolhuys Kermis (A Madhouse Fair), with a set of lamenti in a new context, and productions based on existing repertoire like Dr. Miracles last illusion, Vivaldi-Dangerous Liaisons and Opera Melancholica (with music by Philip Glass). Furthermore, he directed repertoire such as The Fairy Queen (Purcell), La Giuditta (Alessandro Scarlatti), Médée (Cherubini) and Hamlet (Thomas). He was the initiator and co-librettist of the opera Mariken in de tuin der lusten (Mariken in the garden of delights), which was newly composed by Calliope Tsoupaki. The making of this opera was the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Sonia Herman Dolz: Mariken, Visioen van een Opera (Mariken, Vision of an Opera). As a guest director, he also directed several musical theatre productions, amongst others for the Gergiev Festival Rotterdam, the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Festival Classique Den Haag, Domestica Rotterdam and Stichting Het 20ste-eeuwse Lied. In the coming years, reprisals of several operas he directed will feature on the agenda of international opera houses.
Serge van Veggel studied Dutch Language and Literature and graduated on the artistic creed of composer and classicist Alphons Diepenbrock. Earlier in his career he was responsible for the programming and realisation of the Gergiev Festival and he was part of the management team of De Doelen Concert and Congress Centre in Rotterdam. For 'Luister', a Dutch periodical on classical music, he reviewed opera recordings. He acquired experience in the field of directing opera as an assistant and trainee in productions by Opera Studio Nederland (Harry Kupfer), RO Theater (Alize Zandwijk), Onafhankelijk Toneel / Opera O.T. (Mirjam Koen and Gerrit Timmers) and De Nederlandse Opera (Pierre Audi).
(Photo: Henk Bleeker)