Opera Zuid’s ‘Lady in the Dark’ Nabs Place de l’Opéra’s Top Prize

By David Salazar

Opera Zuid’s production of “Lady in the Dark” has earned the distinction of Opera of the Year 2022 by Place de l’Opera online magazine.

The production of the Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin classic earned 48 percent of the 1,200 total votes. The work was directed by Anna Pool and conducted by Weill luminary David Stern with Liza Elliott in the lead role.

“With soprano Maartje Rammeloo in the lead role, the operatic element is totally accomplished with a great singer and actress. And as a musical, the production comes off brilliantly with wonderful dance and show work,” Place de l’Opéra remarked regarding the production.

Coming in second place was Nederlandse Reisopera’s “Giulio Cesare” with 33 percent of votes, followed by the Dutch National Opera’s “Anna Bolena” (11 percent), the Dutch National Opera’s ‘Königkinder” (five percent), and the Dutch National Opera’s “Tosca” (three percent). 

Next up for Opera Zuid is “Het Lijflied,” which runs through Jan. 8, 2023 as well as productions of “Ändere die Welt” in March and “Orphée aux enfers” in May.