Dutch public broadcaster NTR will launch a podcast in mid-February about Willem Jeths’ new opera, Ritratto. In eight episodes the listener is taken behind the scenes and it becomes clear how the music theatre is set up…
During his long career Willem Jeths received several awards and distinctions for his works. In 2014, for example, he was appointed the first ‘Laureate Composer’ of the Netherlands. That same year he was awarded the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts. His new work, Ritratto, will premiere during the fifth edition of the Opera Forward Festival, which will take place in Amsterdam from 13 to 22 March.
Podcast maker Stef Visjager, known as host of Parel Radio at NPO Radio 1, followed the process closely for a year and a half. The podcast discusses how, for example, the first version of the opera was created and how sets, costumes and props were created.
Dates of theatre performances after the festival will still be announced. The first episode of podcast Hoe het te maken in de opera (How to make it in the opera) will appear on the NPO Radio 4 website on 15 February. After that, new broadcasts will be posted weekly on Saturday.