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Dutch National Opera sounds gong for Opera Forward Festival

On 15 March the first edition of the Opera Forward Festival starts, a new festival in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Dutch National Opera. Initiator and director Pierre Audi opens trading by sounding the gong, the day before the opening.

Opera Forward Festival opens with the world premiere Only the Sound Remains of Finnish composer Kaija Sariaaho. In the ten days the festival lasts, there are four grand operas on three different locations. The National Opera & Ballet Theatre is the heart of everything, with lectures, student performances, exhibitions and after talks.

The festival is dedicated to the future of art and the art of opera. The gong ceremony is also attended by soloist Davone Tines and Els van der Plas, director National Opera & Ballet, representing the festival.

For more information: www.operaforwardfestival.nl

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