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Opera The Master's Voice with Nina van Essen

The Master's Voice is a contemporary opera about the dark side of performance pressure and the search for spiritual enlightenment. Composer Peter Kooreman, together with libretto writer Désanne van Brederode, has created a beautiful opera performed by mezzo-soprano Nina van Essen, soprano Nikki Treurniet and baritone Berend Eijkhout. Orchestra and choir led by conductor Boudewijn Jansen.

Opera The Master's Voice with Nina van Essen

Dates
Tue 16 Jul20:15 - 22:15
Location
Dominicuskerk
Spuistraat 12
1012 TS Amsterdam
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First Act

Meet young Estelle (Nina), who needs a time-out due to the high demands she places on herself. She decides to go to an ashram in Sweden and apprentice with a guru for a year. She wants to balance her life, (re)find her place in life.

Her best friend Sophie (Nikki) has a very different outlook on life. A down-to-earth attitude, being satisfied with what is, and modesty characterize her. Both women find a partner in the course of the story. Sophie is content with her little house-plant, while Estelle experiences her relationship as a roller coaster ride. Her husband John (Berend), whom she met in the ashram, is a romantic who quickly opens his heart, but without connecting deeply.

Second Act

In the 2nd act, which takes place ten years later, dramatic events take place. Long-simmering conflicts escalate, both in the marital relationship of Estelle and John (who now have two children), and in the ashram, where serious abuse and other excesses appear to take place. Estelle, who still longs for enlightenment and inner peace, is tested to her limits by these events. This undeniably changes her, transforms her. This also makes it clear to her that the search for the deeper meaning of life can make you blind to what is already there. Sophie may have unintentionally been her most important teacher.

Opera The Master's Voice with Nina van Essen

Dates
Tue 16 Jul20:15 - 22:15
Location
Dominicuskerk
Spuistraat 12
1012 TS Amsterdam
show in Google Maps