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Daan Janssens

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Composer Daan Janssens adapts Philippe Claudel's successful novel into an opera

A man enters an inn to buy butter. Instead, he finds his fellow villagers, who have just committed a heinous crime. They ask him to report the facts. ‘My name is Brodeck and I had nothing to do with it’, his story begins. Step by step he reconstructs how a stranger arrives from over the mountains and evokes memories that the villagers would rather let slumber.

Le Rapport de Brodeck by the celebrated author Philippe Claudel dates from 2007, but the novel has lost none of its urgency. Composer Daan Janssens reworked this dark parable of war, xenophobia and memory into the libretto of his third opera. In his unique musical language, navigating between cinematic grandeur and crystalline sounds, he delves into the multi-layered memory of the narrator. Claudel’s refined play with time is also right up the alley of director Fabrice Murgia, who is praised for dynamic theatre that thrives on live video. Together, Janssens and Murgia tell a story that cannot be forgotten.

Coproduction with Opéra national de Lorraine and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in collaboration with LODmuziektheater

ca. 2 hours, including 1 interval

Free introduction (in Dutch) 60 minutes before the start of the performance

After the performances on 11 Feb (Opera Antwerp) and 3 March (Opera Ghent), you can attend an afterword, 10 minutes after the end of the performance. Our dramaturges will engage in a conversation with the production team and the audience.

French with Dutch and English surtitles

The creators

  • Marit Strindlund


  • Fabrice Murgia


  • Vincent Lemaire


  • Clara Peluffo Valentini

    Costume design

  • Damien Pass


  • Elisa Soster


  • Emily Brassier

    Lighting design

  • Helena Rasker


Dates and tickets

From €21

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