Opera Zuid presents Mozart’s Der Schauspiel-direktor

10th November – 3rd December.

Opera Zuid will tour the country with Der Schauspieldirektor . Christopher Gillett directs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s masterful comedy starring Sir Thomas Allen, Saskia Bonarius, Kristina Bitenc, Chelsea Bonagura, Marc Pantus and Mitch Raemaekers. Enrico Delamboye is the musical director. The premiere is Sunday November 12 in Parktheater Eindhoven.

Leo is going to produce an opera. His patience is put to the test. He has to deal with young singers who already think they are stars, sopranos who are flown in to replace sick singers and egos that are broken. In addition, a pretentious director presents his wild ideas. But despite everything, his passion for creating opera remains.

In the comedy Der Schauspieldirektor, Mozart makes fun of the opera world. Everything comes along, from rival singers, inflated egos and hectic rehearsals to arguments on stage. To achieve this, the composer was able to draw richly on his own experiences. This also applies to director, opera singer and author Christopher Gillett. He wrote the new play text and directs Der Schauspieldirektor at Opera Zuid, with a wealth of hilarious experiences in the back of his mind. Gillett: “Opera bounces back and forth between the ridiculous and the sublime. In this piece I want to poke fun at the ridiculous.”


Leo Sir Thomas Allen, Lisa Saskia Bonarius, Madamoiselle Silberklang Kristina Bitenc, Madame Herz Chelsea Bonagura, Buff Marc Pantus, Herr Vogelsang Mitch Raemaekers. Muzikale leiding Enrico Delamboye, concept, tekst & regie: Christopher Gillett, dramaturgie Joep Hupperetz, scenografie & lichtontwerp: Bretta Gerecke, kostuumontwerp: Leo van den Boorn, assistent muzikale leiding: Lochlan Brown, orkest philharmonie zuidnederland.

Tour dates

vr 10 & zo 12 nov: Parktheater Eindhoven, di 14 nov: Theater Rotterdam, do 16 nov: Chassé Theater, Breda, za 18 nov: Schouwburg Tilburg, di 21 nov: De Lawei, Drachten, do 23 nov: Amare, Den Haag, za 25 nov: Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, do 30 nov: Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen, zo 3 dec: Theater a/h Vrijthof, Maastricht.

Photo by Joost Milde