J.S. Bach

The Apocalypse

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The background

The Apocalypse

A dream comes true: on the occasion of our centenary, we are collaborating with OPERA2DAY on creating the opera that Bach never wrote.

power, corruption and mass hysteria“

For much of his life, Bach worked as a cantor in Leipzig, composing a great deal of church music. If things had turned out slightly differently, he might also have become a celebrated opera composer. Now you can hear what a Bach opera might have sounded like! The Apocalypse tells the story of Jan van Leiden. This sixteenth-century Dutchman saw himself as a prophet and founded an fundamentalist community in Münster, which soon evolved into a city-state under tyrannical leadership. Power, corruption and mass hysteria are at the heart of this almost archetypical chronicle of fundamentalism. The story therefore contains many parallels to our society today.

The Apocalypse will tour throughout the Netherlands, accompanied by an education and participation programme on the theme of fundamentalism.

De Apocalyps is made possible by:
Fonds 21 - Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds - Stichting Dioraphte - Stichting Zabawas - Stichting Book foundation.

Fentener van Vlissingen fonds, Hélène de Montigny Stichting, Stichting Maatschappij Tot Bevordering der Toonkunst, Dr. Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch Fonds, Rabobank Den Haag, Regiofonds Rabobank Hollandse IJssel, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, M.A.O.C. Gravin van Bylandt Stichting, Stichting Bob Verheeke Fonds, Stichting Mr. August Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Mien van 't Sant Fonds, Fonds Schiefbaan Hovius, Van Ommeren - de Voogt Stichting, Van der Mandele Stichting, Victoriefonds, Stichting Beringer Hazewinkel, Stichting Mundo Crastino Meliori, Van Baaren Stichting, Erasmusstichting, Stichting Verzameling van Wijngaarden-Boot, Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Gemeente Utrecht, Gemeente Den Haag en Fonds Podiumkunsten.


The concert

Works and Performance


J.S. Bach: Thee Apocalypse
The opera that Bach never wrote

with music of Johann Sebastian Bach and contemporaries


OPERA2DAY & Netherlands Bach Society

Serge van Veggel, concept and direction
Hernán Schvartzman, conductor
Shunske Sato, concertmaster
Panos Iliopoulos, composer
Thomas Höft, librettist


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