The music of Alexander Raskatov's Animal Farm | behind the scenes [2/2] | Dutch National Opera

From written notes on paper to a rehearsal studio full of orchestral sounds. Watch and listen how conductor Bassem Akiki together with The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra let composer Alexander Raskatov’s music for Animal Farm come to life!

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Opera in two acts, nine scenes and an epilogue
Sung in English

Composition: Alexander Raskatov
Libretto: Ian Burton and Alexander Raskatov

Musical direction: Bassem Akiki
Stage direction: Damiano Michieletto
Set: Paolo Fantin
Costumes: Klaus Bruns
Lighting: Alessandro Carletti
Choreography: Thomas Wilhelm
Dramaturgy: Wout van Tongeren, Luc Joosten

Old Major: Gennady Bezzubenkov
Napoleon: Misha Kiria
Snowball: Michael Gniffke
Squealer: James Kryshak
Boxer: Germán Olvera
Benjamin: Karl Laquit
Minimus: Artem Krutko
Clover: Helena Rasker
Muriel: Maya Gour*
Blacky: Elena Vassilieva
Mollie: Holly Flack
Pigetta (young actress): Karl Laquit
Mr. Jones: Marcel Beekman
Mrs. Jones: Francis van Broekhuizen
Mr. Pilkington: Frederik Bergman
2 men of Mr. Jones: Alexander de Jong, Joris van Baar
2 men of Mr. Pilkington: Mark Kurmanbayev, Michiel Nonhebel
2 men from veterinary car: Alexander de Jong, Mark Kurmanbayev

*Dutch National Opera Studio

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Chorus of Dutch National Opera
6 sopranos, 6 mezzo-sopranos, 6 tenors, 6 basses
Chorus master Edward Ananian-Cooper

New Amsterdam Youth Choir (part of Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam)
8 sopranos, 8 altos
Youth chorus master Anaïs de la Morandais

Composition and co-production by Dutch National Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro Massimo (Palermo), and the Finnish National Opera and Ballet (Helsinki)

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