When the last Dutch Government went looking for human sacrifices in an onslaught on the arts, top of its agenda for abolition was the National Touring Opera (Reiseoper), a company that takes opera to low-lying parts unreached by other arts.
A campaign was mounted and the company was, at the last gasp, saved.
This morning we learn that its production of Tristan und Isolde, which opened in September, has been voted Opera of the Year by the Dutch opera magazine.
Photo: Marco Borggreve / Nationale Reisopera
The cast included Claudia Iten, Anne-Marie Owens, Robert Künzli and Yorck Felix Speer. The director was Jakob Peters-Messer and the conductor Antony Hermus.
Reiseoper chief Nicolas Mansfield tells Slipped Disc:
‘I am extremely proud of everyone who kept believing in the Reisopera, especially our beloved audiences.The cuts to our subsidy of 60% have been overcome with sheer determination by everbody involved, and a heartfelt belief that opera is worth fighting for’