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Vlaamse Opera

The Vlaamse Opera (Flemish Opera) is an opera company in Belgium directed by Aviel Cahn which operates in two different opera houses in two Flemish cities, the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp at Van Ertbornstraat 8 and the Vlaamse Opera Ghent at Schouwburgstraat 3. However, the company shares one orchestra, choir, technical team, etc. The organization is mainly financed by the Flemish government and the city councils of Antwerp and Ghent.

Vlaamse Opera, Ghent

In its current form, the company was created in 1996 as a successor to the Flemish Opera Foundation (Vlaamse Opera Stichting, which had existed since 1988), and the Opera for Flanders (Opera voor Vlaanderen, which had existed since 1981). Both former institutions were similar fusions between the former opera houses of Antwerp and Ghent. Since the fusion in 1981, the company has been giving performances in two different historic theatres.

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Antwerp

Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp (inaugurated in 1907)

The first public opera performances in Antwerp date back to 1661. Performances took place on the stage of the Schouwburgh van de Oude Voetboog (Theatre of the Guild of Crossbowmen) at the Grote Markt. The theatre gradually lost its popular Flemish character as French artists were engaged and the performances were no longer performed in the local (Dutch) language, but in French, the adopted language of the Flemish elite.

In 1709 a new theatre was installed in the "Tapissierspand", a former covered market for tapestry where alternately Italian and French operas were performed. The new auditorium burnt down in 1746 and was replaced by a new "Grand Théâtre" which opened in 1753. During the period of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, the theatre was promoted to "Théâtre Royal". At that time the old theatre was already in decay and it became too small to house the growing public. Plans were made to tear down the old building and to replace it by a new and more prestigious building. In 1829 the last performance was given in the "Tappisierspand".

The new theatre opened after the Belgian revolution in 1834. (This building is now known as the Bourlaschouwburg and is used today for regular theatre performances.) The French repertoire (and, to a lesser extent, the Italian repertoire in French translation) continued to dominate.

The opera house closed in 2005 for a two-year renovation of the entire building. In November 2007, exactly 100 years after the grand opening in 1907, the opera opened again for a new season. New office buildings were constructed, the main auditorium was updated with new seating, a new heating system, and the walls were painted in a new fresh green colour. Behind the scenes all the offices are combined in the new 'Office territory' behind and next to the stage. Major improvements are the leveling of the stage floor (which had a rake of 4° due to 19th century practice), a big new side stage, updated lighting and mechanical structures.

Because of budget limitations (the first budget estimate for the entire renovation was 33 million euro but, after certain non critical phases were removed from the master plan, the total budget was 24 million euros), only the most urgent tasks were executed. Therefore, not all the ornaments where cleaned and the public hallways are painted white. It is expected that when new funds are available, the golden ornaments and hallways will be updated.

  • Directors
1947–55 : Vina Bovy
1981 : Alfons Van Impe
1987 : Gerard Mortier (ad interim)
1989 : Marc Clémeur (till 30/07/2008)
2008 : Aviel Cahn (from 1/8/2008)
  • Chief conductors of the Symphonisch orkest van de Vlaamse Opera (Symphonic orchestra of the Flemish Opera):
1989 : Rudolf Werthen
1993 : Stefan Soltesz
1997 : Marc Minkowski
2000 : Massimo Zannetti
2002 : Ivan Törzs
2011: Dmitri Jurowski (from 1/1/2011)
  • Chief conductors of the Koor van de Vlaamse Opera (Choir of the Flemish Opera):
1989 : Peter Burian
1991 : Simon Halsey
1994 : Andrew Wise
1997 : Peter Burian
2002 : Kurt Bikkembergs
2008: Yannis Pouspourikas
2013: Jan Schweiger

Vlaamse Opera
Vlaamse Opera Article Talk Language Watch Edit The Vlaamse Opera Flemish Opera is an opera company in Belgium directed by Aviel Cahn which operates in two different opera houses in two Flemish cities the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp at Van Ertbornstraat 8 and the Vlaamse Opera Ghent at Schouwburgstraat 3 However the company shares one orchestra choir technical team etc The organization is mainly financed by the Flemish government and the city councils of Antwerp and Ghent Vlaamse Opera Ghent In its current form the company was created in 1996 as a successor to the Flemish Opera Foundation Vlaamse Opera Stichting which had existed since 1988 and the Opera for Flanders Opera voor Vlaanderen which had existed since 1981 Both former institutions were similar fusions between the former opera houses of Antwerp and Ghent Since the fusion in 1981 the company has been giving performances in two different historic theatres Contents 1 History 1 1 Antwerp 2 Administration 3 External linksHistory EditAntwerp Edit Vlaamse Opera Antwerp inaugurated in 1907 The first public opera performances in Antwerp date back to 1661 Performances took place on the stage of the Schouwburgh van de Oude Voetboog Theatre of the Guild of Crossbowmen at the Grote Markt The theatre gradually lost its popular Flemish character as French artists were engaged and the performances were no longer performed in the local Dutch language but in French the adopted language of the Flemish elite In 1709 a new theatre was installed in the Tapissierspand a former covered market for tapestry where alternately Italian and French operas were performed The new auditorium burnt down in 1746 and was replaced by a new Grand Theatre which opened in 1753 During the period of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands the theatre was promoted to Theatre Royal At that time the old theatre was already in decay and it became too small to house the growing public Plans were made to tear down the old building and to replace it by a new and more prestigious building In 1829 the last performance was given in the Tappisierspand The new theatre opened after the Belgian revolution in 1834 This building is now known as the Bourlaschouwburg and is used today for regular theatre performances The French repertoire and to a lesser extent the Italian repertoire in French translation continued to dominate The opera house closed in 2005 for a two year renovation of the entire building In November 2007 exactly 100 years after the grand opening in 1907 the opera opened again for a new season New office buildings were constructed the main auditorium was updated with new seating a new heating system and the walls were painted in a new fresh green colour Behind the scenes all the offices are combined in the new Office territory behind and next to the stage Major improvements are the leveling of the stage floor which had a rake of 4 due to 19th century practice a big new side stage updated lighting and mechanical structures Because of budget limitations the first budget estimate for the entire renovation was 33 million euro but after certain non critical phases were removed from the master plan the total budget was 24 million euros only the most urgent tasks were executed Therefore not all the ornaments where cleaned and the public hallways are painted white It is expected that when new funds are available the golden ornaments and hallways will be updated Administration EditDirectors1947 55 Vina Bovy 1981 Alfons Van Impe 1987 Gerard Mortier ad interim 1989 Marc Clemeur till 30 07 2008 2008 Aviel Cahn from 1 8 2008 Chief conductors of the Symphonisch orkest van de Vlaamse Opera Symphonic orchestra of the Flemish Opera 1989 Rudolf Werthen 1993 Stefan Soltesz 1997 Marc Minkowski 2000 Massimo Zannetti 2002 Ivan Torzs 2011 Dmitri Jurowski from 1 1 2011 Chief conductors of the Koor van de Vlaamse Opera Choir of the Flemish Opera 1989 Peter Burian 1991 Simon Halsey 1994 Andrew Wise 1997 Peter Burian 2002 Kurt Bikkembergs 2008 Yannis Pouspourikas 2013 Jan SchweigerExternal links EditOfficial website Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Vlaamse Opera amp oldid 1040867078, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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