Now that you cannot come to our theatres, we are happy to bring Opera Ballet Vlaanderen to you. We have selected the best performances from the past seasons, so you can enjoy everything that opera and ballet have to offer from the comfort of your living room.
1. La Juive (Jacques Fromental Halévy): an opera with all the trimmings
Love, betrayal and family tragedy: La Juive provides 3,5 hours full of tension. This grand opéra pulls out all the stops: spectacular chorus scenes, intimate solos, dazzling arias … That variation captivates you from the first to the very last note. The world swooned for the award-winning direction of Peter Konwitschny. You too?
(Subtitles NL, FR, EN and DU)
2. Parsifal (Richard Wagner): four hours of sublime music
Four hours of sublime, almost sacred music and the magnificent performance of mezzo-soprano Tanja Ariane Baumgartner are only a few assets of this Parsifal. Tatjana Gürbaca's awarded directing of Wagners last opera takes you to another world. Join the quest!
(Subtitles NL, FR, EN and DU)
3. Rusalka (Antonín Dvořák): a touching encounter between opera and ballet
“Distilled, fragile, heartbreaking.” In his version of Rusalka, director and choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen gave dance the spotlight. Mix that with dreamy music and you get an evening of pure joy for opera and ballet fans. Our excellent team, including conductor Giedrė Šlekytė who received much praise, gets the job done.
(Subtitles NL, FR, EN and DU)
4. Bach Studies (Benjamin Millepied): a physical but emotional spectacle
One of the biggest ballet names of the moment ended our season last year with a world creation. Benjamin Millepied's first full-evening piece is a physical, but emotional spectacle: compelling solos alternate with virtuoso group pieces and pas de deuxs. Our Symphonic Orchestra and violinist Eric Crambes provide a majestic rendition of the swirling music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
5. Ma Mère l'Oye (Jeroen Verbruggen): a fairytale filled with humor and emotion
Humor and emotion come together in the magical Ma Mère l'Oye by choreographer Jeroen Verbruggen. He was inspired by the narrative music of Ravel and the Mother of the Belgians: Queen Fabiola. The majestic set and costumes of Tim Van Steenbergen make this performance a gem to watch.
6. Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov): bombastic and brilliant
Enjoy bombastic choral pieces and excellent solos in this hidden pearl of Rimsky-Korsakov. The story about an artist who wants to break through the isolation of society with his art, feels more topical than ever. Conductor Dmitri Jurowski leads the singers and musicians to unprecedented heights.
7. Mea Culpa (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui): ballet that makes you think
For Mea Culpa, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui was inspired by our colonial past in Congo. Issues such as inequality and discrimination are regarded from the perspective of both culprit and victim. Mea Culpa is a performance that is not afraid to ask uncomfortable questions.
8. Der Schmied von Gent (Franz Schreker): a forgotten masterpiece’s honor restored
The honor of Schrekers forgotten opera that starts on the Ajuinlei in Ghent was restored thanks to celebrated German director Ersan Mondtag. In his opera debut, he pulls out all the stops with impressive decors and extravagant costumes and hairstyles. Join Smidje Smee, the most powerful blacksmith in Ghent, on his adventures with the devil.
(subtitles in NL, FR, EN and DU)
9. Pond Way (Merce Cunningham): meditative ode to a dance legend
In 2019 our dancers were invited to honour choreographer and dance legend Merce Cunningham in Paris, along with Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris and Royal Ballet London. For Pond Way Cunningham was inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s nature studies and by his own earliest memories, skipping stones across water as a child. Meditate to the dancers’ flowing movements.
10. Samson et Dalila (Camille Saint-Saëns): fanaticism laid bare
This surprisingly topical opera from 2009 lays bare the mechanisms of fanaticism. The biblical story of Samson and Delila shows in exemplary fashion how consolidation fails because of religious-political reasons. Special about this performance was the Israeli-Palestine director-team of the young Amir Nizar Zuabi and the experienced Omri Nitzan, who place the complex relationship between oppressor and oppressed at the foreground of their interpretation of the piece.
11. Exhibition (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui): recapturing an elusive past
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Exhibition, to Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in the famous orchestration by Ravel, is a polemic of sorts, as the work is rarely visualised as a ballet. From the beginning, it was intended as an in memoriam for the painter Viktor Hartmann, full of thoughts of death and with an elegiac mood. Dreamlike scenes mingle with the desire to recapture an elusive past.
12. Infinite Now (Chaya Czernowin): an award-winning world creation
The opera 'Infinite Now' by composer Chaya Czernowin premiered at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in 2016-2017 and was voted World Creation of the Year by the international press. The opera is based on the play Front by Luk Perceval - about the First World War - and the novel Homecoming by the Chinese author Can Xue.
13. Choreolab creations by Juliet Burnett, Drew Jacoby and Shelby Williams
With Choreolab we challenge our dancers to develop and present their own choreographies to a large audience. The creations are performed by fellow dancers and for the technical support the choreographers can count on the skilled costume and set workshops of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen.
Principal Drew Jacoby plays with absurdity, madness and virtuosity in 'Mad Scene'. First soloist Juliet Burnett created a solo for Victor Polster-Ketelslegers with 'in situ', and soloist Shelby Williams plays with traditional role patterns in 'Ladylike'.
We offer these online screenings in collaboration with OperaVision. The videography and editing were provided by Jan Bosteels / Beeldstorm, except for Exhibition (ZDF/EuroArts), Mad Scene (Sam Asaert), Infinite Now (TP Arts Productions) and in situ (Sam Asaert).