Jan Decorte - B'Rock & Bloet
Red Hall
Following his successful production of the opera 'Dido & Aeneas' in 2008, Jan Decorte has once again been inspired by the English composer Henry Purcell. This time Decorte will stage a contemporary musical-theatre production based on 'The Indian Queen'. The story is set in Mexico and Peru before the Spanish invasion. Queen Zempoalla is the 'Indian Queen' who falls in love with General Montezuma after she has waged battle with him and his Peruvian forces. The libretto is a tangle of court intrigues, wars and rivalry in love. In Purcell's original work, the songs are alternated with spoken and danced passages. However, during the course of its performance history the words have moved into the background. As a consequence, the music dominates and the libretto has disintegrated into fragments without any clear connection. As in 'Dido & Aeneas', Jan Decorte is once again working with the Flemish baroque ensemble B'Rock. This orchestra, conducted by Frank Agsteribbe, also functions as a chorus and thus offers dual support to the four singer-soloists, both instrumentally and vocally. Decorte's penchant for an almost primitive simplicity fits in extremely well with the tender charm of this early English semi-opera.
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Babs71 een ietwat late reactie op de schitterende voorstelling... Het was weer genieten. Elke keer weer ben ik aangenaam verrast door de totale eenvoud in de operastukken van Jan Decorte. De blote voeten, de stoelen zonder leuning... focus op wat telt: de zangtalenten, de prachtige muziek door het orkest op het podium en de perfecte omkadering van dit alles door Sigrid. Ik kijk al uit naar de volgende bewerking!
4 years ago
Press reviews
110516 Jan Decorte prikkelt en irriteert met 'The Indian Queen'
De Morgen 16 mei 2011

110516 Jan Decorte herleidt Purcells semi-opera bijna tot het verdwijnpunt
De Standaard 16 mei 2011 - Tom Janssens

120118 The Indian Queen
MAD (Le Soir) 18 januari 2012

120113 The Indian Queen by Henry Purcell
The Bulletin 13 januari 2012

120119 The Indian Queen
www.operagazet.be 19 januari 2012

120111 The Indian Queen
MAD (Le Soir) 11 januari 2012

120111 Daring man
Flanders Today 11 januari 2012 - Marie Dumont

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