From Friday, 20th to Sunday, 29th May O. will take place at various locations in Rotterdam: from right in the center to the Westelijk Havengebied. After two ‘corona editions’, O. will become a new one in 2022 ten-day festival in May, including two weekends and Ascension Day.
The festival will open in Theater Rotterdam on Friday, 20th May with the world premiere of The Worlds Wife, an opera by the Ragazze Quartet in which the poems of Carol Ann Duffy (the British Poet Des Vaderlands) are central and transgender singer Lucia Lucas all characters one gives voice. During the opening night, visitors can also visit anywhere in and outside the theater to experience previews of productions that can be seen later in the festival.
O. is an international festival for opera, music and theatre. Ten days are from early to late see performances and concerts, from works in progress to world premieres by young and more established names. The festival is currently putting the finishing touches to the program international work, Rotterdam stories, innovative makers and idiosyncratic formats.
O. previously created a number of special performances and collaborations.
The festival brings the international sensation and crowd favorite Sun & Sea to the Netherlands exclusively. This musical performance from Lithuania won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2019 received rave reviews and caused a furore from London to Los Angeles.
O., together with Luxor Theater, presents the ‘cabaret opera’ Steefs O. Show in which theater maker Steef de Jong is assisted by Brigitte Kaandorp, Alex Klaasen and a 70-piece orchestra.
With a successful crowd-funding, Gabber4Life was announced, a hardcore musical about the history of gabber, with dancers from Scapino Ballet, top actor Pierre Bokma and DJ Paul Elstak.
O. also presents (Dutch) premieres, including Nicole Beutler Projects (NL), Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe & Doon Kanda (BE/UK), Elli Papakonstantinou (GR) and OPERA OPERTA’s horribly topical magnus opus Chornobyldorf (UA).