Markus Stenz

Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland


  • Unsuk Chin Alice in Wonderland (Dutch premiere)

Former chief conductor Markus Stenz concludes the Matine season with Unsuk Chin's opera Alice in Wonderland. Soprano Gloria Rehm sings the extraordinary title role.

Dream world full of fairy-tale music
With the performance of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonder land, this work will have its Dutch premiere, after the opera was first performed with great success at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2007. The bizarre adventures of the young girl Alice in a hallucinatory dream world full of fantasy characters inspired Chin's most evocative music.

Wondrous echoes from music history
In the first movement, the atmospheric orchestra circles around the main character's alienating entanglements and emotions. In the second part, this quality is combined with twisted fragments and distant echoes from our music history. For a moment Altijd is Kortjakje ziek sounds, then again a harmonica accompanies the Mock Turtle's soup choir. A highlight is the Advice from a Caterpillar, in which a bass clarinet-playing caterpillar keeps bumping into the blue notes of Gershwin and Stravinsky's opening bars of the Sacre. The title role is performed by the adventurous soprano Gloria Rehm.

Saturday, June 1, 2024
The Royal Concertgebouw

Large Hall


Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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MarkusvStenz - Photo: Kaupo Kikkas
Markus Stenz
Netherlands Radio Choir
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National Children's Choir
Sofi Jeannin
Choir conductor
Gloria Rehm
Soprano, Alice
Heidi Melton (c) Andrew Finden
Heidi Melton
Soprano, Queen of hearts
Scott Hendricks
Baritone, Mad hatter / Duck
Andrew Watts
Countertenor, White rabbit / March hare / Badger
Helena Rasker
Alt, Ugly duchess / Owl / Two
Sam Carl
Bass-baritone, Old man 1 / Eaglet / Five / Executioner / Fish-Footman
Andrew Harris
Bass, King of hearts / Old man 2 / Crab
James Kryshak
Tenor, Mouse / Dormouse / Pat / Cook / Invisible man
Juliana Zara
Soprano, Ceshire cat
Andrew Moore
Bass-baritone, Dodo / Frog-Footman / Seven

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