Oranjewoud Festival

Before I Die

Musical theatre show by Zwolle Chamber Opera about four women wrestling with the deaths they chose for themselves

zo 4 juni 20:00-21:00

Oranjezaal Tjaarda

Before I Die

A group of female characters, including Norma and Butterfly, all with a romantic drama  behind them, end up in a twilight zone after their suicides, a vague hiatus between life and death. The women are still too unsettled to die irretrievably. They have turned in on themselves and are as yet unable to come to peace with their histories. They're plagued by questions: did I have to sacrifice myself? Was it heroic or desperate? Who is to blame for this drama?

Zwolle Chamber Opera and the Belgian wind ensemble I Solisti di Vento have created a special musical theatre show with music by Bellini and Puccini, arranged by Lies Colman. The performance takes place in Luilekkerland, once the kitchen garden for Landgoed Oranjewoud.

Laura Bohn, soprano (Norma)
Elise Caluwaerts, soprano (Madama Butterfly)

Lies Colman, piano/conductor
Nele Delafonteyne, clarinet
Lieve Goossens, flute
Diechje Minne, horn
Lieselot Watté, cello
Doriene Marselje, harp

Mart van Berckel, director
Anna Maria Versloot, text/director
Vera Selhorst, scenography
Dymph Boss, costumes and decor
Peter te Nuyl, dramaturge

Setting: outdoors

Artists and performers

Astrid Stockman, soprano
Laura Bohn, soprano
Lies Colman
Reinier Demeijer, actor


Vincenzo Bellini (Norma) and Giacomo Puccini (Madame Butterfly).
Arrangements by Lies Colman


On life and death

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€ 22,50 (minus tot 30% stapelkorting)
t/m 18 jaar € 2,50

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