During the final week of April, as a part of the Opera 21 festival around contemporary music theatre, Les Bienveillantes will see its premiere. The piece is named after the controversial book by Jonathan Littell, that was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 2006. With composer Hèctor Parra, librettist Händl Klaus and director Calixto Bieito, who have successfully collaborated on an opera before, it is sure to be a thrilling experience.

On Sunday April 7th, Opera Vlaanderen focuses on Littell's book Les Bienveillantes and Parra's new creation. We are bringing the artistic team together with different speakers in a round table discussion. Joining us are Christoph Busch, director of the Kazerne Dossin museum and expert on crime behavior, and writers Johan de Boose and Jeroen Olyslaegers. We finish this event with a recital by Charlotte Wajnberg, laureat in the 2018 Queen Elisabeth Competition and winner of the Klara Audience Award, accompanied by her husband Aaron Wajnberg. They will bring repertoire from composers out of Theresienstadt.


10u30 Doors

10u45 Welcome and introduction

10u50 Introduction to the novel The Kindly Ones
Authors on Jonathan Littell and their own related works

*Johan de Boose - Bloedgetuigen
*Jeroen Olyslaegers - Wil
*Nicky Aerts reads from Littell's novel

11u25 Round table on the historic background and the storytelling of the novel, with

*Christophe Busch (Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen)
*Johan de Boose
*Jeroen Olyslaegers
*Nicky Aerts, moderator

11u50 Lunch break (sandwiches and coffee)

12u15 Panel with the creative team of the opera Les Bienveillantes

*Hèctor Parra, composer
*Händl Klaus, librettist
*Nicky Aerts, moderator

13u Afternoon concert: music out of Theresienstadt and the jewish ghettos
Works by Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein, Ilse Weber, ...

*Charlotte Wajnberg, sopraan
*Aaron Wajnberg, piano

13u40 End of programme

Programme subject to change. Adaptations may be possible.

Les Bienveillantes

Our production Les Bienveillantes premieres on the 24th of April in Antwerp, and moves to Ghent on May 12th. More information and tickets through this link:

Les Bienveillantes

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