OPERA! in 2005

the artists

During the week of the 23rd-30th July the annual OPERA!-Festival will take place in the Beauforthuis in Austerlitz (Zeist, Netherlands) for the third year running.
This exciting festival has its emphasis on young performers and audiences and we are proud that young people up to the age of 98 have been keen audience members!
Just like the last two festivals another major Mozart Opera will be the central production this year, brought to Beauforthuis by the Young London Opera, a company of the most talented young international singers and performers, directed by Matthew Lane and conducted by Stefan Hofkes.

This year it will be Cosi Fan Tute, Mozart's comedy about two sisters, struggling to convince their spouses of their loyalty and containing some of Mozarts most ingenious music.
The intimacy of the opera will go together perfectly with the atmosphere in the Beauforthuis and once more the audience will feel like they are actually part of the action!
But there is so much more, an exciting project called "4-pack-opera", 4 mini operas composed by some of the hottest young composing talents, combined with some of the world's most loved opera scenes, from Purcell to Puccini, workshops for children, masterclasses, and "Opera-cinema".
If you would be interested in keeping up to date with the programme and further details, then subscribe to our e-news, and we will keep you posted!

Opera 2004 was a great success, and it is hard to believe it was already such a long time ago!
Sell out audiences, children performing their own "Don Giovanni" (DJ Van Ice!), and the most intimate atmosphere possible for Mozart's masterwork!

Matt Lane is one of Britain's most talented young directors, graduating form the Central School of Speech and Drama.
He directed plays and opera to great acclaim for companies like Roland Egan Productions, Opera Holland Park and his own New Youth Opera.He also assisted with the renowned British Youth Opera and English Touring Opera.

Stefan Hofkes received his solo concert-recital degree for piano at the Utrecht conservatoire before winning the coveted Ricordi conducting Award at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Having had a long musical relationship with the Beauforthuis Stefan now combines a busy career as Musical Director of the Reading Symphony orchestra with engagements throughout Europe and is in demand a an chamber musician and accompanist.

The Orchestra is lead by David Lewis, who played with the orchestra of Welsh National Opera before embarking on a successful freelance career, combining both period style playing and modern playing style.
He works with all the major English orchestras and is co leader of the English Haydn Orchestra.
David made his Big Screen Debut leading the orchestra for the film The Madness of King George and has recorded with people like Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti.