Behind the scenes in the cardboard world of Steef de Jong | Dutch National Opera

Theatre director Steef de Jong takes the audience on a journey packed with everything that makes operetta so compelling: romance, misunderstandings, mistaken identities, deception and, last but not least, exquisite music. Steef has used pieces by composers such as Strauss, Offenbach and Sullivan to seamlessly craft a brand-new, contemporary operetta for audiences of all ages.

Steef de Jong has enjoyed many years of success with his productions, in which he uses ingeniously constructed cardboard sets to spark the audience’s imagination. In his work, Steef draws heavily on the rich history of operetta, the frivolous and enticing little sister of opera. Now he is bringing his multifaceted approach to the big stage of Dutch National Opera for the first time. SUBSCRIBE to our channel for new video’s every week:

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Concept and performance Steef de Jong
Text Paulien Cornelisse and Steef de Jong

Music: Johann Strauss Jr., Jacques Offenbach, Arthur Sullivan, and others, arrangements by Marijn van Prooijen
Musical direction: Aldert Vermeulen
Stage direction: Steef de Jong
Co-direction: Maria Lamont
Set design & costumes: Steef de Jong
Lighting design: Cor van den Brink
Dramaturgy: Laura Roling
Team Groots en Meeslepend: Ina Veen, Stephan Nelissen, Willy Veen

De verzinner, Lady Kant, Venus: Steef de Jong
Koningin: Raoul Steffani
Prinses Galathea: Elenora Hu*
Minister van Financiën: Marc Pantus
Graaf Lothar: Laetitia Gerards
Koning Pygmalion/Heggenschaarhuzaar: Frederik Bergman
Sir Taki/Heggenschaarhuzaar: Femke Hulsman
Prins Nicola/Heggenschaarhuzaar: Ian Castro*

*Dutch National Opera Studio

In collaboration with Vienna Volksoper

Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands

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