Das Wunder der Heliane

Nederlandse Reisopera
Mon 6 Nov 19:00 - 22:10
Mon 6 Nov '23
19:00 - 22:10
  • Mon 6 Nov '23
    19:00 - 22:10
    Amare, Den Haag

Korngold's fourth opera, Das Wunder der Heliane, was undoubtedly his most ambitious project. The libretto seems a bit bizarre, you have to see it through the eyes of the 1920s. It is a fiercely symbolic story, entirely in the spirit of the Interbellum, captured by Korngold in decadent and reveling music.


Erich Wolfgang Korngold 'Das Wunder der Heliane' 

The mysterious, unearthly, supernatural, the divine, the magnified emotions and the undisguised eroticism: it all fits in that time. Also the spirit of sacrifice and the motto that love conquers all: if not now, then in the hereafter.

Erich Wolfgang Korgold (1897 – 1957) has long been forgotten. His father, the best-known music critic in early twentieth-century Vienna, proclaimed him a child prodigy at the age of five. That fame more than lived up to the young Erick. The ballet Der Schneemann, which he composed at the age of eleven, was a sensation and turned Vienna upside down. His third opera Die tote Stadt (1920), which he completed when he was 23, proved to be a resounding success. The successor appeared in 1927: Das Wunder der Heliane.

Ooievaarspas discount
Ooievaarspas holders are eligible for a discount on the ticket price for this concert. To book tickets, we need to see your Ooievaarspas for registration purposes. Please contact our booking office to book your tickets.

Cloakroom and drink
Cloakroom and an intermission drink are included. If the event does not have an intermission, you will receive the drink afterwards.

Part of


Artistic team
Jac van Steen musical direction
Fergus McAlpine arrangement
Jakob Peters-Messer director 
Nicole van den Berg choreography 
Guido Petzold set & lighting design 
Tanja Liebermann costume design

Annemarie Kremer Heliane
NN Der Fremde
Darren Jeffrey Der Herrscher & Helianes Mann
Martina Mikelic Die Botin Alt
Yorck Felix Speer Der Pfoertner Bass
NN Der blind Schwerrichter
NN The Young Mann
Sander de Jong Richter1
Gurgen Baveyan Richter2
Wiebe Pier Cnossen Richter3
Lucas van Lierop Richter4
Stefan Astakhov Richter5
Artur Janda Richter6
NN 1. Seraphische Stimme
NN 2. Seraphische Stimme
Nicole van den Berg dance

Consensus Vocalis choir
North Netherlands Orchestra orchestra

In the 1920s he was one of the popular composers. However, fate was not kind to him. He was blacklisted by the Nazis in the 1930s and fled to the United States, where he devoted himself to composing film scores. His music was 'rediscovered' in the 1980s and 1990s.