ParadiseHell brings together young musicians to create a music-theatre production inspired by the work of Hieronymus Bosch, under the guidance of outstanding musicians and theatre-makers. 

The annual youth opera will for the first time bring together musicians trained in classical and non-classical music. In ParadiseHell, twenty youngsters will create a music-theatre production under the guidance of an international team of outstanding musicians and theatre-makers. The production is part of the grand commemorative project for the 500th anniversary of the death of the Dutch Renaissance painter Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516). The enigmatic nature of his work, resulting from his innovative visual idiom full of monstrous figures and fantastic scenes, inspired the creators in their study of our double morality and the moral quandary we find ourselves in.
Founded on each individual’s own talent, a new musical language is formulated at the intersection of such varied styles as pop, 15th-century chants, contemporary classical and improvisation. The singer and violinist Liesa Van der Aa and the cellist and composer Michael Rauter, artistic head of the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop from Berlin, will provide the musical accompaniment for ParadiseHell. They will be collaborating with Bianca van der Schoot and Suzan Boogaerdt, the artistic leaders of Ro Theater. They are among the most controversial theatre-makers in the Netherlands and have caused a furore with their highly visual productions.

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Produced by Muziektheater Transparant, co-produced by Theaterfestival Boulevard, Jheronimus Bosch 500, deSingel and Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerp.

Location Dates Hour  
Theaterfestival Boulevard ('s-Hertogenbosch)
+31 73 61 245 05
deSingel Antwerpen (Antwerpen)
+32 3 248 28 28
Musical direction: Michael Rauter • Liesa van der AaDirection: Bianca van der Schoot • Suzan Boogaerdt