Lady in the Dark (2022)

18 February ’23 > 11 December ’22
Lady in the Dark


Liza Elliott, editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine has suffered from panic attacks and depression for months. She is under immense pressure both privately and in her career. Her love life is complicated, she can’t decide between her married boss and lover Kendall Nesbitt and movie star Randy Curtis, while manager Charley Johnson just annoys her. Finally, she decides to see a psychiatrist. By analyzing her dreams, they get to the heart of Liza’s problems.

Lady in the Dark was Kurt Weill’s first Broadway hit, based on a book by Moss Hart and with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Based on Liza’s psychoanalysis, the piece unfolds in three dreams, which form, as it were, a trilogy of mini-operas. The beautiful main aria ‘My Ship’ runs like a thread throughout the piece, which has been covered by many virtuosos, from Judy Garland to Miles David.

But Lady in the Dark is more than a piece about the demands that life and society place on a woman. It is first and foremost wonderful music theater with sharp humour, imaginative dreams and fantastic songs. In addition to a sublime combination of opera and Broadway music, this opera is also a visual spectacle with beautiful costumes based on fashion from the 1940s.

This Broadway-opera Lady in the Dark revival is performed by the promising British director Anna Pool and the celebrated American conductor David Stern.

Lady in the Dark is performed in English with Dutch and English surtitles. It is a co-production of Opera Zuid and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. In collaboration with the South Netherlands Philharmonic. With support from the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music.


Dr.Brooks Sylvia Poorta
Liza Elliott Maartje Rammeloo
Liza Elliott Alexia Macbeth
Charley Johnson Elliott Carlton Hines
Russell Paxton Simon Butteriss
Randy Curtis Quirijn de Lang
Kendall Nesbitt Jeremy Finch White
Elinor Foster Veerle Sanders
Maggie Grant Nienke Nasserian
Aerial artist Dreya Weber
Dancer Alice de Maio
Dancer Jolanda Bazzi
Dancer Gijs Hanegraaf
Dancer Edgar Sagarra Portuondo van der Wiel
Dancer Niels Gordijn


Director Anna Pool
Musical director David Stern
Set- and costume design Madeleine Boyd
Choreography Rebecca Howell
Light design Bretta Gerecke
Dramaturgy Joep Hupperetz
Choir director Jori Klomp
Sound design Jannes Noorman
Choir Theaterkoor Opera Zuid in association with Kooracademie Maastricht
Orchestra philharmonie zuidnederland


‘Lady in the Dark is an opera that swings like Fred Astaire’


‘The acrobatics in the dream circus scene, the waltzing choir singers, the colorful costumes and Rammeloo’s theatrical stage presence combined with a strong throat make Lady in the Dark an irresistible show.’

‘Opera Zuid blows Kurt Weill’s sleepy Broadway piece full of life and sparkle’

‘The piece leans towards both opera and musical. Opera Zuid therefore bills Lady in the Dark as a ‘Broadway opera’. Justice is being done on both sides of this qualification.’

‘De rol van Liza wordt vertolkt door Maartje Rammeloo die eigenlijk vanaf het begin betovert en haar verhaal schitterend en overtuigend speelt en waarbij elke emotie meteen duidelijk wordt.’

‘Anna Pool’s directing is fast and amazingly good’

‘Lady in the Dark is a perfect Broadway spectacle’

Hollywood, circus and glamour – Interview Maartje Rammeloo




Sat 12.11.2022

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