The Indian Queen

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The Indian Queen

Opera new production

The Indian Queen

Henry Purcell

Dates and tickets From €16

The thrilling musical avant la lettre from the 17th century is one of the last and most haunting compositions by Henry Purcell.

A fascinating theatrical hype swept through 17th-century London: dramatick opera combined spoken drama with music, dance and spectacular sets. The success of these musicals avant-la-lettre was due to the irresistible music of Henry Purcell. Just before his death, the composer was still involved in The Indian Queen, a heroic drama about the battle between the Queen of Mexico and a mysterious Inca General. The blood-curdling intrigue balances between political drama and family saga, and ends in a havoc that could easily compete with the average season finale of Game of Thrones. Director Guy Cassiers took a leap that few have attempted: he embraced The Indian Queen in all its hybridity and gave it a contemporary interpretation. Together with a star cast of singers and actors, and with Emmanuelle Haïm's baroque ensemble Le Concert d'Astrée, Cassiers delivers one of the most successful stagings of dramatick opera today.

ca. 3 hours, incl. intermission

English with Dutch surtitles

The creators

  • Emmanuelle Haïm


  • Guy Cassiers


  • Tim Van Steenbergen

    Scenography & costume design

  • Mieke Van Buggenhout

    Costume design

  • Fabiana Piccioli

    Lighting design

  • Frederik Jassogne

    Video design

  • Narciso Contreras


  • Erwin Jans



Dates and tickets

From €16

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