Dutch National Opera Announces Major Production Change to ‘Jocasta’s Line’

By David Salazar

The Dutch National Opera will no longer present “Jocasta’s Line.”

Per an official press release, the company made the decision after director Wayne McGregor withdrew from the production due to “private circumstances.” In his stead, Mart van Berckel and Nanine Linning will bring in a new production of Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex” and the work premiere of Samy Moussa’s “Antigone.”

The double bill will world premiere on March 9 and is set to take part in the Opera Forward Festival 2024.

Sean Panikkar and Dame Sarah Connolly will headline “Oedipus Rex.” They are joined by Bastiaan Everink, Rafal Siwek, Linard Vrielink, and Frederik Bergman. The female chorus will take centerstage in “Antigone.” Erik Nielsen and composer Samy Moussa will work alongside the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

“We are very saddened that Wayne McGregor has had to withdraw from the production as the work he has done with our dancers has been very inspiring,” said Dutch National Opera director Sophie de Lint and Dutch National Ballet director Ted Brandsen per an official press release. “We would like to express our gratitude to the new creative team for making themselves available at such short notice and we thank all artists and colleagues involved in this project for their flexibility. With the ongoing engagement and focus of everyone involved we remain convinced that this production will give Opera Forward Festival 2024 the thrilling opening it deserves.”