Animal Farm

Dutch National Opera

Animal Farm

Fri 3 Mar 2023 20:00h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Sun 5 Mar 2023 14:00h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Wed 8 Mar 2023 20:00h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Fri 10 Mar 2023 20:00h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Sun 12 Mar 2023 14:00h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Tue 14 Mar 2023 20:00h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten
Thu 16 Mar 2023 20:00h Nationale Opera & Ballet Koop kaarten

 A must-see world premiere: George Orwell’s timeless classic about a fight for freedom doomed to failure. Orwell wrote Animal Farm as a contemporaneous cautionary parable, highlighting how easy it was for the Russian revolution to degenerate into Stalin’s violent dictatorship. The warning in Orwell’s political satire remains relevant today. 'All animals are equal but some are more equal than others' – the world news keeps offering up subtle variations on the same theme.

Literary masterpiece

Damiano Michieletto had always dreamt of adapting Animal Farm, with its powerful characterisations and surprising twists and turns, for the opera stage. In Alexander Raskatov, the perfect composer for his dream project was found. Raskatov himself is no stranger to adapting fiction to opera. In 2010, he adapted the literary masterpiece A Dog’s Heart, creating a compelling and fiery musical piece that was unlike any other. In Animal Farm, Raskatov also incorporates his own allusions to Russia’s fraught political history.

Bassem Akiki conducts the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

This staging of Animal Farm will see Dutch tenor Marcel Beekman and contralto Helena Rasker return to the stage of Dutch National Opera, as well as baritone Misha Kiria (Il barbiere di Siviglia, 2018), who is an ideal fit for the grim-comic role of Napoleon – the autocratic pig. They are joined in the pit by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of up-and-coming Lebanese-Polish conductor Bassem Akiki, who has achieved international acclaim with his interpretations of both the classical repertoire as well as contemporary operas.

Performance information

Opera in two acts, nine scenes and an epilogue - sung in English


Libretto  Ian Burton

Musical direction  Bassem Akiki
Stage direction  Damiano Michieletto
Set  Paolo Fantin
Costumes  Klaus Bruns
Lighting  Alessandro Carletti
Choreography  Thomas Wilhelm
Dramaturgy  Wout van Tongeren, Luc Joosten


Old Major  Gennady Bezzubenkov
Napoleon  Misha Kiria
Snowball  Michael Gniffke
Squiller  James Kryshak
Boxer  Germán Olvera
Benjamin  Karl Laquit
Minimus  Artyom Krutko
Clover  Helena Rasker
Muriel Maya Gour*
Blacky  Elena Vassilieva
Mollie  NN
Pigetta (young actress)  Karl Laquit
Mr. Jones  Marcel Beekman
Mrs. Jones  Francis van Broekhuizen

*De Nationale Opera Studio


Orchestra  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Chorus  Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master Edward Ananian-Cooper

Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor (part of Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam)
Rehearsals children’s chorus  Anaïs de la Morandais


Composition and co-production by Dutch National Opera, Wiener Staatsoper and Teatro Massimo (Palermo)

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