Exploring new approaches and strategies in the field of music theatre—whether they evolve out of already existing forms or present themselves as radical and unprecedented aesthetics—has been one of the Operadagen Rotterdam’s fundamental goals since its inauguration in 2005. Featuring ten world premieres and twelve Dutch premieres at this year’s festival, we do our best to continue our mission of bringing a wide range of music to Rotterdam’s many stages. In addition to catering to the general public, we also aim to bring professionals from the field of music theatre together. To this end, we are happy to welcome numerous international guests to our festival and pitching event “Operatie Muziektheater“.
It is a great pleasure for us to host the Music Theatre NOW Meeting as the heart of our festival. MTN is one of the most important events for radical and experimental music theatre in its infinite variety. First and foremost, however, it is a marvellous opportunity for composers and dramatists, directors and performers, festival makers and curators, publishers and presenters to meet in one place over a couple of days, and to see music theatre from all over the world.
It is a privilege for Operadagen Rotterdam to be able to offer some of the winning projects space in its festival program. We are honoured to welcome the many talented and compelling artists selected by the MTN jury, and look forward to meeting all the guests of the MTN event.
We wish you a splendid time here at Operadagen Rotterdam. Enjoy the festival, the shows and, last but not least, the many conversations with friends and colleagues during and after the official program.
(Guy Coolen, President of MTNow Network and Director of Operadagen Rotterdam)