Last night we went to see Orfeo ed Euridice (official poster above) at the Palace at Soestdijk. This was (still is?) a royal palace, but it was/is a museum and special event place now. The opera takes place on and in the water outside of the palace.
We were not supposed to take photos but I took a few before the performance began and sneaked a couple during the performance. I wish I could have taken more. It was just stunning! There was fire and water and music and singing. The did amazing things with light and water. Even the royal family got in on the act (you’ll have to go see it yourself if you want to know what I mean).
We got “cast and crew” discount tickets because a friend of mine plays the trombone in the orchestra. Not only were they at a terrific discount, but they were great seats! We were in the second row, left of center. We thought that the performance started at 9:30 but that’s when the gates open, normally. They vary the start time depending on the time of year and when it will be dark. Last night the performance started just after 10pm as that’s when it was dusk.
I didn’t know the story in detail and was surprised that there was a happy ending. After all the wailing and gnashing of teeth (figuratively of course) the story was saved by Queen Juliana.
I highly recommend going to see this wonderful opera production. Even if you aren’t an opera fan, and I’m not, you will enjoy the spectacle and the surprises here and there. You can get tickets here. Be quick! August 8th is the last performance!