Music director and co-creator Manoj Kamps about the opera The Shell Trial | Dutch National Opera

In 2021, a Dutch court ruled that Shell was legally responsible for its contribution to climate change. In The Shell Trial, the various voices in the climate debate are heard and it becomes increasingly clear that we will not make any progress by endlessly pointing the finger at one another. The message of this topical opera is that the climate crisis is above all a crisis of responsibility. SUBSCRIBE to our channel for new video’s every week:

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Music: Ellen Reid
Libretto: Roxie Perkins; based on the play De zaak Shell by Anoek Nuyens, Rebekka de Wit, Frascati Producties and De Nwe Tijd

Musical direction and co-creation: Manoj Kamps
Stage direction, concept and co-adaptation: Gable Roelofsen and Romy Roelofsen (Het Geluid)
Set design: Davy van Gerven
Costume design: Greta Goiris and Flora Kruppa
Lighting design: Jean Kalman
Video design: Wies Hermans
Choreography: Winston Ricardo Arnon
Movement director ‘Elders’: Nita Liem
Dramaturgy: Willem Bruls, Saar Vandenberghe, Jasmijn van Wijnen

The Government: Claire Barnett-Jones
The Consumer: Anthony León
The Law / The Artist: Lauren Michelle
The CEO: Audun Iversen
The Activist: Ella Taylor
The Climate refugee: Carla Nahadi Babelegoto
The Historian: Jasmin White
The Weatherman: Erik Slik
The Elementary School Teacher: Nikki Treurniet
The Pilot: Alexander de Jong
The Fossil Fuel Laborer: Allen Michael Jones
The Field Worker: Yannis François

Nita Liem
Ingrid Coleridge
Claudia Tjon Soei Len
Twie Tjoa
Francisca Tan
Raymonde Roebana
Beppy Milder
Patrick Altenberg
William Mettendaf
Linda Grootfaam
Anna Azijnman
Anneroos Burger

Children’s chorus
Watermusic Kinderkoor (Muziekschool Waterland), Noord-Hollands selectiekoor, The Shell trial project chorus

The members of the The Shell trial project chorus have been selected from different schools in Zuidoost, Noord, Nieuw-West and Almere. All these children are part of a participation project led by Het Geluid.

Academists and members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Commission by Dutch National Opera, in co-production with Het Geluid (Maastricht), Opera Philadelphia and Bregenz Festival

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