Bernstein lecture by Willem Bruls
Tuesday, December 4th at 20:00 Studium Generale, Maastricht University will organise a free Leonard Bernstein lecture (in English) leading up to Opera Zuid's Bernstein production A Quiet Place on December 9th in Theater aan het Vrijthof Maastricht.
About the lecture
We know Bernstein mainly as a conductor and as the composer of the musical West Side Story, which brought 8.000 visitors to Maastricht last year. But there is much more to his list of work. This year is Leonard Bernstein's Centennial Anniversary. Speaker Willem Bruls, dramaturge and author, will talk about Bernstein the composer, Bernstein the conductor and most of all Bernstein the phenomenon. Bruls lives in Limburg and has been writing about opera and musical theatre for 30 years. He's known for his books Godenschemering, Ontvoering, verleiding en bevrijding and his newest work Venetiaanse zangen. Opera in Venetië. As a dramaturge Bruls was involved in various opera productions in The Netherlands and abroad. More information on this website.
On December 9th Students have the unique opportunity to visit the opera in Theater aan het Vrijthof Maastricht at a quarter of the normal price! The opera starts at 14:00. Prior to the performance there is an introduction in English at 13:00. Students who register, also get the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes after the performance, and meet with the cast and the intendant of Opera Zuid, Waut Koeken.
The complex relationship between parent and child are central to the opera. When mother Dinah dies in an alcohol-induced car accident, an intense conflict arises between father Sam and his children. When Sam reads his wife's old diary, he experiences their first years of marriage again. During an emotional quarrel, the son throws his mother's diary into the air. In the midst of the scramble for shared memories, father and children suddenly realise how strong their love for each other is. More information on the opera visit can be found this website.