Dutch National Opera to Stream Haydn’s “Missa in tempore belli”

By Francisco Salazar

On Feb. 11, the Dutch National Opera, in collaboration with OperaVision, will stream Haydn’s “Missa in tempore belli.”

The company staged the work in a production by Barbora Horáková and revealed the flipside of the steadfast faith that runs through every note of Haydn’s mass, poignantly portraying individuals who suffer under the heavy burden of a narrow-minded, one-sided ideology. Swiss-Israeli electronic composer Janiv Oron responds to Haydn’s music with beats and sound effects, all created live.

The Missa, which was performed and recorded in September, starred soprano Janai Brugger, and of mezzo-soprano Polly Leech, an alumna of the Dutch National Opera Studio. Tenor Mingjie Lei and baritone Johannes Kammler appear in what was their Dutch National Opera debut.

Spanish choreographer Juanjo Arqués, who is closely connected with Dutch National Ballet, designed choreography for nine dancers. Lorenzo Viotti conducted the production.

The performance will be streamed through Feb. 19, 2022.