Dutch National Opera presents
03 Jun 12:00
enthralling family opera
FOR EVERYBODY FROM 7 UPWARDS
Tumble through a dark rabbit-hole and find yourself in a crazy, colorful world where nothing is what it seems. Welcome to Alice’s wonderland of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. A unique treat for the whole family.
Singing masterclass with Alice and orchestra
The recent opera Alice’s Adventures Under Ground combines Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking-Glass’. It brings us to a world inhabited by creatures like the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter and talking animals. Composer Gerald Barry gives it an extra twist: not a croquet match at the Red Queen’s court, but a vocal masterclass with Alice and the orchestra, fought out with virtuosic scales and arpeggios.
'Brilliant in every surreal detail'
‘Deserves to become a modern classic’
'Go twice, go three times; it won't wear out.'
'a fantastic piece, which dazzles with its energy and passion, and was obviously made with such love for the source material that one can hardly help but be swept away by the insanity'
'a breathless and brilliant raid on Lewis Carroll'
'[The Rheingold production] is a jewel to be seen in Antony McDonald's direction and design. [...] McDonald's appeal is that the lightness in his scenes is always accompanied by a sense of risk'.
'The production’s conductor, Karen Kamensek conveyed the ripple, flow and quiet urgency of the music without fixating on precision.'
Jolly mayhem with a touch of madness
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground marks the Irish composer Gerald Barry’s debut at Dutch National Opera. Earlier successes include his staging of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (2011), and with his latest opera he once again tackles a literary classic. While it is largely based on the original, Barry wrote the libretto himself. In this whirlwind composition he also incorporates well-known melodies; subjected to twists, turns and overstatement, they portray the surreal side of the colorful cast of characters in a world of jolly mayhem, with a touch of innocent madness.
Design and staging
Set designer and stage director Antony McDonald has brought magic to the stage of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet many times bedore. He designed sets and costumes for Benvenuto Cellini (1991), Jenůfa (1997), Béatrice et Bénédict (2001), Het sluwe vosje (2006) and Billy Budd (2011). In 2013, he won the International Opera Award for Best Design.
Together with the National Youth Orchestra, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground will be a magical experience for young and old.
Co-production with Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London) and Irish National Opera (Dublin)
Team, Cast and Chorus
- Music and libretto
- Gerald Barry
- Karen Kamensek
- Stage director and set designer
- Antony McDonald
- Light designer
- Fabiana Piccioli
- Lucy Burge
- National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands
National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands
The National Youth Orchestra was founded in 1957 and has been providing a stage for young top talent between the ages of 18 and 26 for over sixty years, for example during the NJO Music Summer, a festival in the province of Gelderland and during the NJO Winter Tour, in which the NJO performs at the best concert halls in the Netherlands. The Nationaal Jeugdorkest and the Nederlands Jeugdorkest have officially joined forces as the Nationale Jeugdorkesten Nederland since 2019. The orchestra previously performed Il matrimonio segreto and The Boy Who Grew Too Fast at Dutch National Opera. In 2020, the NJO will join us for Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet offers an introductory talk 45 minutes before each performance. An expert will share background information, context and interesting details that can give your theatre visit more depth. The talks are in Dutch and are free to all the ticket holders. You can also find an abridged version of the introduction on our website as a podcast.
Time: 45 minutes before the performance
Location: Odeonzaal; ground floor entrance
A special interactive introduction for the entire family
December 19, 22, 30, 2020 and January 2, 2021
Time: 45 minutes before the performance
Price: free to all ticket holders