God’s Videotheque





tragicomedy for 4 singers SATB, fl, cl, bs, hn, trp, perc, vi1, vi2, vla, cb and soundeffects


65’00  |  2007  |  English


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LUN 1002        God’s Videotheque  


Libretto                       Irma Achten                                  

Commission              Opera Spanga (NL)

Premiere                    July 25, 2007 Spanga

Instrumentation   4 soloists SATB, chamber orchestra and soundeffects


Opera Spanga invited Krüs to write her first grand opera in 2007 on a original libretto 

by Irma Achten. She had been working with this opera company often before as a singer, after producer/director Corina van Eijk and Krüs founded the company in 1989.

4 Singers and 16 musicians performed 65 minutes at Spanga's beautiful rural location

in the North of Holland.

In this tragicomical opera the relationship between god, man and animal is being reviewed.

Does man enjoy his position as center of the universe? And is it justified?











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Sofie Vandam behind the bar of the Videotheque

Monique Krüs as Sofie Vandam

Leo, Hanna and Kiss shake hands

Leo Fulca (Martijn Sanders), Joseph Kiss (Wil van der Meer) and Hanna Fulca (Klara Uleman) get acqainted

Sofie Vandam behind the bar of the Videotheque

Sofie Vandam behind the bar of the Videotheque

Monique Krüs as Sofie Vandam

Joseph Kiss and Hanna

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Hanna and Leo just woke up in the afterlife
Leo, Hanna and Kiss shake hands

Leo Fulca (Martijn Sanders), Joseph Kiss (Wil van der Meer) and Hanna Fulca (Klara Uleman) get acqainted

Cheers to us!

Cheers to us!

Story 

This tragicomical opera focuses on the relationship between god, man and animals. Does man enjoy his position as center of the universe? And is it justified?


Joseph Kiss, manager of God's Videotheque, pays God a visit and brings organic wine and perfume. On a large screen they watch the three main characters on their way to a convention about xenotranplantation. Leo Fulca, a scientist and his wife, philisopher Hanna. He is interested in all developments in that area - she is totally against it. Sofie Vandam seems shy at first, but turns out to be a fanatic. This catholic pharmacist cannot stand the idea that animals in this line of thinking are equal to man.


All three of them are killed at the end of the ouverture. They awake in a void between life and death in God's Videothque, where piles of videotapes with content of everybody’s lives are stored. The three newly deads are welcomed by Joseph Kiss, who confronts them with scenes they'd rather forget about.









Cast and crew at the premiere


Joseph Kiss            Wil van der Meer, tenor

Sofie Vandam       Monique Krüs, soprano

Hanna Fulca          Klara Uleman, mezzosoprano

Leo Fulca                 Martijn Snaders, baritone


Magogo Chamber Orchestra conducted by Arjan Tien


Produced and directed by Corina van Eijk/Opera Spanga


Set                                Jolanda Lanslots

Light                            Henk Post

Costumes                 Pieter….

Photos                        Dinant …










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