English Program

Zuiderstrandtheater is very pleased to present you with a wide range of performances and events which are suitable for non-Dutch speakers.

It is also possible to order your tickets by telephone via our box office 070 8800333.

National Opera of Odessa
Bizet’s Carmen

Flemish director Frank van Laecke gives Bizet’s much-loved masterpiece a major workover. His stagings have won prestigious theatre awards around the world. The story, of course, remains the same: Carmen, a gypsy, works in a cigar factory. She sparks a quarrel that spins utterly out of control, causing soldiers to intervene. Carmen twists brigadier Don José around her little finger, and, infatuated with her, he leaves his girlfriend Micaëla. But Carmen grows bored of him and dumps him in favour of Escamillo. She plays a high-stakes game with love.

Opera | Zuiderstrandtheater
Wednesday 19 September 8 PM

Nederlands Kamerkoor and Huang Yi
Under the Horizon

Young Taiwanese dancer and choreographer Huang Yi is a true phenomenon in the world of dancing. With KUKA, which he performed at the latest edition of the Holland Dance Festival and in which he dances with a robot, he drew the world’s attention. Under the Horizon is one of the highlights of the dancing season in the Zuiderstrandtheater. The Nederlands Kamerkoor – that’s the Dutch Chamber Choir – accompanies the dancers in a journey to the horizon, where, according to Chinese mythology, the afterlife begins. With breath-taking audiovisuals by Ryoichi Kurokawa (Japan), Yi creates a shadowy realm at the edge of life and death.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Wednesday 3 October 8 PM

New European Ensemble
Hommage à T.S. Eliot

World-famous composer Sofia Gubaidulina is coming to The Hague, at the invitation of the New European Ensemble. She will be collaborating with the musicians and coaching students of composition at the Royal Conservatory. The ensemble will perform four undisputed masterpieces by this inspiring Russian artist. Hommage à T.S. Eliot for soprano and eight musicians is considered one of the most impressive ensemble pieces of the twentieth century.

Jonathan Berman, conductor | Katharine Dain, soprano
Gubaidulina, Concordanza for ensemble - Aus den Visionen von Hildegard von Bingen - Repentance for cello, double bass and three guitars - Hommage à T.S. Eliot

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 6 October 8.15 PM

Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
Desert Blues

Previous travels to Suriname, Cuba and Georgia resulted in wonderful programmes by the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble - the Dutch Wind Ensemble – or NBE. Desert Blues is the echo of a recent NBE voyage to the African country of Benin, a land of dancers, singers, virtuoso drummers and voodoo music. The musical friends they made there now come to the Netherlands to sing, play and dance with the NBE. You can be sure they’ll blow the roof of the place.

Musical theatre | Zuiderstrandtheater
Saturday 6 October 8 PM

Frozen Time

For each project, Christina Pluhar and her famous ensemble L'Arpeggiata bring together a group of exceptional and often young musicians. This is your chance to see and listen to her play in an intimate setting, with spellbinding lute songs by Dowland and Purcell. The melancholic repertoire fits star soprano Céline Scheen like a glove. She is supported by cornetto, organ, lute and theorbo.

Christina Pluhar, theorbo & musical direction | Céline Scheen, soprano | Doron Sherwin, cornetto | Francesco Turrisi, harpsichord and organ | Josep Maria Marti Duran, lute
Songs by Dowland, Purcell and Robert Johnson

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 12 October 8.15 PM

Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw
Haydn’s Jahreszeiten

The changing of the seasons in the countryside inspired Joseph Haydn to write his colourful and wittily composed oratorio ‘Die Jahreszeiten’ (The Seasons). The Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw, or Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, joins forces with Cappella Amsterdam, conductor Marcus Creed and three top soloists. A true dream team! This splendid piece is rarely heard, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

Marcus Creed, conductor | Ilse Eerens, soprano | Fabio Trümpy, tenor | André Morsch, bass | Cappella Amsterdam

Haydn, Die Jahreszeiten

Classical | Zuiderstrandtheater
Saturday 13 October 8 PM

Another Kind of Blue
Flirt with Reality

We know Another Kind of Blue from Blue Technology, in which choreographer David Middendorp merged dance, music and the latest technology into an entirely original performance. Flirt with Reality is another surprising mix of modern dance and technology. Middendorp takes you on a journey in which dancers collide with digital bits, let their feelings and imagination lead them, and dancing drones let you experience a different reality. This choreographer from The Hague flirts with reality.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Saturday 20 October 8 PM

Sunday 21 October 2.30 PM

Daria van den Bercken
Piano maestro

Few pianists are as communicative as Daria van den Bercken. Tens of thousands of viewers have seen her YouTube clips in which she plays Handel to passers-by in the park, or invites people on the street to come enjoy a concert at her home. It’s all authentic, because she does it out of pure love for music. When and where she plays, her audience listens with bated breath. It’s high time for her debut in the Nieuwe Kerk.

CPE Bach, Fantasia in F-sharp | Scarlatti, Sonatas | Franck, Le Prélude, Fugue et Variation

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 20 October 8.15 PM

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Handel’s Apollo e Dafne

There are not many baroque orchestras with musicians who play as passionately as those of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. With Handel’s music, they reach unsurpassed heights. Together with a cast of top soloists, they perform Handel’s cantata Apollo e Dafne, in which Daphne spurns the pushy god Apollo’s advances by turning into a laurel tree. Handel composed a flamboyant piece full of drama.

Jonathan Cohen, conductor | Katherine Watson, soprano | James Newby, baritone
Handel, Suite from the Alchemist - Concerto Grosso op.6 no.4 - Apollo e Dafne | Manfredini, Concerto Grosso in D

Classical | Zuiderstrandtheater
Friday 26 October 8 PM

Luka Bloom

Armed with an acoustic guitar and his unique voice, Bloom charms every audience. The combination of his intriguing guitar sound (at times, it sounds like there are multiple guitarists on the stage) and his interesting choice of songs (compelling own works, but also many well-chosen covers) have guaranteed splendid concerts for more than twenty years. In collaboration with Paard.

Pop | Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 28 October 8.30 PM

Opus Cactus

Momix from New York has ranked among the top acrobatic dance theatre companies for many years. Dancers with perfect body control, atmospheric and colourful lighting, beautiful decors, wondrous sound effects: you’d need several pairs of eyes and ears to fully take in everything in these Americans’ enchanting shows. The group is coming to the Netherlands with one of their big hits, Opus Cactus, in which the rugged American desert comes to life with swaying cacti, squirming lizards and fire dancers.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Friday 2 November 8.00 PM

Holland Baroque
Bach Universales

With masterful solos and flamboyant improvisations, cellist Giovanni Sollima has every member of every audience on the edge of their seats. Recently, he rediscovered a series of astonishingly beautiful cello concerts by Giovanni Battista Constanzi, two of which he will be presenting. For Holland Baroque he wrote a reflection on Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto. The two groups each occupy their own space on the stage, and enter into a dialogue with each other. It’s a fascinating homage to a timeless masterpiece.

Giovanni Sollima, cello and musical direction

Bach, Third Brandenburg Concerto | Sollima, Reflecting on Brandenburg 3 - Reflection on Constanzi | Constanzi, Two Cello Concertos

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 3 November 8.15 PM

Behn Quartet
The ultimate finalists

The Orlando Concours has attracted the best chamber music ensembles to Kerkrade for many years. In 2017, the musicians of the British Behn Quartet charmed both the audience and the jury (“a most beautiful performance”) with their superior performance on the strings in both classical and modern pieces. These four ladies are on the verge of an international breakthrough!

Kate Oswin, Alicia Berendse, violin | Lydia Abell, viola | Ghislaine McMullin, cello
Haydn, String Quartet in D op 64/5 ‘The Lark' | Wamper, Portrait of Life | Shostakovich, String Quartet no. 3

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 4 November 3.00 PM

The National Ballet

The Dutch National Ballet is one of top international class. With Giselle, the National Ballet presents a ballet as timeless as The Night Watch. This masterpiece by choreographer Marius Pepita, to music by Adolphe Adam, is a highlight of the Romantic age. In Rachel Beaujean and Ricardo Bustamante’s interpretation, respect for tradition comes first -- but this version will touch the hearts of modern audiences without fail, as well.

Musical accompaniment: Het Balletorkest (Ballet Orchestra) conducted by Ermanno Florio

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Wednesday 7 November 8 PM

Thursday 8 November 8 PM

Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
Bach and Sufi

In line with the Sufi message of unity and harmony, bringing together Eastern and Western philosophies, this programme unites traditional Iranian music with Johann Sebastian Bach. The Nederlands Blazers Ensemble – Dutch Wind Ensemble – presents an Oriental Bach, tightly interwoven with old Persian music.

Mathilde Wantenaar, composer, conductor | Haleh Seyfizadeh, vocalist | Ali Ghamsari, tar | David Mackor, theorbo | Elisabeth Hetherington, soprano

World Music | Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 10 November 8.15 PM

Nederlands Kamerkoor & B'Rock Orchestra
Mozart’s Requiem

The passionate baroque ensemble B'Rock, four top soloists and the Nederlands Kamerkoor (Dutch Chamber Choir) are touring with Mozart’s Requiem, led by none other than chief conductor Peter Dijkstra. The programme begins with the ominous
Libera Me by Slovenian composer Nana Forte and Arvo Pärt’s serene ‘Trisagion’, preluding an undoubtedly breath-taking performance of Mozart’s ‘Requiem’.

Peter Dijkstra, conductor | Kateřina Kněžíková, soprano | Kristina Hammarström, mezzosoprano | Jussi Myllys, tenor | Andreas Wolf, bass

Forte, Libera Me | Pärt, Trisagion | Schubert, Stabat Mater | Mozart, Requiem

Classical | Zuiderstrandtheater
Saturday 10 November 8 PM

Opera Zuid
Bernstein’s A Quiet Place

We mainly remember Leonard Bernstein as a conductor and the composer of world-famous musical theatre pieces such as West Side Story, On the Town and Candide. A hidden gem among his oeuvre is the opera A Quiet Place, and the fact that Opera Zuid is going to be touring with this splendid piece is fantastic news. A Quiet Place tells the story of an American family struggling with emotions after the death of a loved one in a car accident in which alcohol played a role.

phiharmonie zuidnederland | Karel Deseure, conductor | Orpha Phelan, direction

Opera | Zuiderstrandtheater
Thursday 22 November 8 PM

Voces8 & Rachel Podger
A Guardian Angel

Voces8 has already toured the world, from Sydney to Los Angeles, and now, finally, they’re making a stop in The Hague. Together with “the queen of the Baroque violin” (Sunday Times), they present a programme inspired by Saint Ambrose’s motto: "We should pray to the angels, for they are given to us as guardians.” Atmospheric choir music alternates with powerful classics in a manner that only the English seem capable of.

with Gibbons, Biber, Dove, Matteis, Mendelssohn, Tallis, Macmillan and others

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 30 November 8.15 PM

Modern Girls

Three idiosyncratic choreographers from different generations: that’s Modern Girls in 2018. Didy Veldman’s intimate, personal creation was inspired by Picasso’s painting Three Dancers. Regina van Berkel’s theatrical choreography Frozen Echo unfolds like a Salvador Dalí film. And the icing on the cake is provided by American great Lucinda Childs, who presents a world premiere to the music of the French hit film Intouchables.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Friday 7 December 8 PM

Kian Soltani & Mario Häring
Artist in residence


Cellist Kian Soltani is a phenomenon. Growing up in Austria, he was taught by none other than Ivan Monighetti. He signed an exclusive CD contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and was invited to perform by such greats as Daniel Barenboim and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Experience his exceptional talent with demanding pieces by Beethoven, Poulenc and Shostakovich.

Kian Soltani, cello | Mario Häring, piano

Beethoven, Cello Sonata in C | Poulenc, Cello Sonata | Shostakovich, Cello Sonata

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 14 December 8.15 PM

Lisa Loïs
Lisa Loïs sings: Adele

After an extremely successful tour of Dutch pop venues, singer Lisa Loïs hits the theatres this autumn with Lisa Loïs sings: Adele. Supported by a six-man band, she pays tribute to the British superstar. Unlike her club tour, Loïs will this time take a somewhat deeper look at Adele’s career and personal life through stories and anecdotes.
Dutch singer, so the introductions of the songs wil be Dutch spoken.

Pop | Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 15 December 8.30 PM

Kiev Credo Choir
A Russian Orthodox Christmas

Few ensembles do Russian Orthodox as impressively as the Kiev Credo Choir. They’re close to the source, because the Orthodox repertoire was created in Kiev as far back as the tenth century, when the city had just converted to Christianity. The choir masters of the new churches initially based their chants on the single-voice religious music of the Greeks and Bulgarians, but soon began to compose their own pieces, leading to a flowering of polyphonic choir music. This is music where time seems to have stood still.

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Tuesday 25 December 2 PM

Holland Baroque
Les Cloches de Noël

Joël Grare was a guest at Holland Baroque before, and he’s back to once again draw you into his secret world of never-before-heard sounds, where bells sound entirely differently and chimes ring out like they’ve never done before. You can hear the snowflakes drift down in the fields, while bells ring out over the countryside. Wintry scenes, for the ultimate Christmas feeling.

Justin Kim, countertenor
with Monteverdi, Marais, Brel, Grare and others

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 23 December 3 PM

Música Temprana
Christmas music from Ecuador

The Jesuits who travelled to South America to preach the faith from the 17th century on did not just cross the ocean with bibles – they brought musical instruments as well, and taught composition. This created the exotic Baroque music with which Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel and his ensemble Música Temprana are conquering festivals and concert halls. In Ecuador, he discovered polyphonic masterpieces for the Church liturgy, but also beautiful songs that were sung in bars and out in the fields. He took the most beautiful of these to compile an inspiring programme.

Adrían van der Spoel, conductor

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Wednesday 26 December 2 PM

Nick van Bloss
Piano maestro

He suffers from Tourette syndrome – but when he plays the piano, the storm in his head grows quiet. And that’s when miracles occur. That’s when everything around him stops, leaving only the music that he, with his turbulent creativity, lifts to unprecedented heights. The English pianist Nick van Bloss is a true phenomenon, and we have great expectations of his debut in the Netherlands with Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He has already received sustained applause and cheers in London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall.

Nick van Bloss, piano

Beethoven, Variations op. 34 - Sonata op. 31 no. 3 | Bach, Goldberg Variations

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 29 December 8.15 PM

Charkov City Opera & Ballet
Swan Lake

Swan Lake, from 1894, is of a timeless beauty. Marius Petipa and his assistant Lev Ivanov were at the pinnacle of their ability when they wrote the choreography to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music. The romantic story tells of the love between Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette, who has been turned into a swan by the wizard Rotbart. Only true love can break the spell. With a live orchestra.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Sunday 30 December 2.30 PM

Sunday 30 December 7 PM


The Tatar State Opera
Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty is considered the composer Tchaikovsky’s most beautiful ballet, and is Marius Petipa’s choreographic masterpiece. It deserves its acclaim as one of the highlights of the Classical-Romantic ballet genre, and in this performance it is interpreted in grand, romantic and impressive fashion. Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Aurora, who pricks her finger on a spindle on her sixteenth birthday and is woken after one hundred years of sleep by the kiss of a prince. Suitable for all ages, it is the perfect family show.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Friday 4 January 8 PM


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