St. Touchstones, orkest de ereprijs and Musis en Stadstheater Arnhem presents: the opera St Louis Blues, written by Chiel Meijering and Paul Binnerts. Originally written in 1994. This opera will be performed on stage again this September by the same ‘Orkest de Ereprijs’…
The Dutch-language opera St. Louis Blues by Chiel Meijering is based on true events in the year 1939.
In that year, the St. Louis passenger ship sailed with 937 Jewish passengers from Hamburg to Havana. The refugees hope to bring themselves to safety by obtaining an entry visa for the US in Cuba.What starts when a journey full of euphoria ends in deception: Cuba, the US and South America close their borders to refugees. With more than 900 Jews, the ship is forced to return to Europe, where the same fate awaits for most as for millions of Jews at the time of World War II.
History repeats itself: 80 years later, it is bitter to find that the fate of boat refugees is still uncertain today. This opera connects the past with the present and encourages both reconsideration and reflection.The future will show whether more humanity is a bridge too far.
Tue 10 September 2019 – 8 p.m.
Wed 11 September 2019 – 8 p.m.
Thu 13 September 2019 – 8 p.m.
Fr 13 September 2019 – 8 p.m.
Sat September 14, 2019 – 3 p.m.
Sat 14 September 2019 – 8 p.m.
Sun September 15, 2019 – 3 p.m.
Sun 15 September 2019 – 8 p.m.
staging: Jeroen Kriek
co-staging: Goos Meeuwsen and Helena Bittencourt
composition: Chiel Meijering
libretto: Paul Binnerts
music: orkest de ereprijs, led by Wim Boerman
singers: Francisca Branco, Pim van Drunen, Luke Mitchell, Ginette Puylaert, Jan Kristof Schliep, Jorien Zeevaart a.o.