MADURO  – The Premiere of a New Opera at Amare in The Hague

1st – 7th September.

The new Amare theater in The Hague will host the compelling music theater production Maduro about resistance hero George Maduro, his tragic love story and the origin of Madurodam. Alexander de Jong, Doris Baaten and Marlies Ruijgrok play leading roles in the large-scale production with more than a hundred singers and the musicians of the Residentie Orkest.

In the new music theater production Maduro, the story of the young war hero George Maduro, his life, his unhappy love, his heroism and his tragic death, is interwoven with the story of the origin of Madurodam, the monument with which we still commemorate him. Maduro is a production of Amare and the Residentie Orkest in collaboration with Kwekers in de kunst, De Dutch Don’t Dance Division and Rhubarb.

George Maduro was born in Curaçao in 1916 into a wealthy Sephardic Jewish family. While studying law in Leiden, he falls in love with his childhood friend Hedda. Because she is a Protestant, their families disapprove of the relationship, but George and Hedda persevere despite all the opposition. Then the war begins. In May, Hussar George and a handful of men recapture a strategically located villa from the Germans, for which he posthumously received the military Order of William. After the capitulation, he joins the student resistance. He is arrested and imprisoned in the Oranjehotel. He is released and tries to flee the country, but is arrested again, imprisoned in Saarbrücken and dies in Dachau.

After the war, Bep Boon van der Starp plans to build the miniature city of Madurodam in memory of George Maduro with famous Dutch buildings and projects. She wants to use the entrance fee to support students who suffer from TB. In her own way, the enterprising woman overcomes many problems, often having to compete on her own against skeptical men. When the plan threatens to fail due to lack of money, George Maduro’s parents appear on the scene. They are looking for a monument to their son. And so the two stories come together.