Travel to a country at war XX

Monday, 17-04-2023.
Amersfoort-The Hague by train.

As an adolescent, I travelled this route for years, in my Conservatory days.

Right through the Green Heart of the Netherlands.


We are approaching the final phase of this exciting tour with the Dutch National Opera & Ballet of Ukraine from Odessa.

The dance theatre hall is completely filled with opera lovers.

Madama Butterfly by maestro Puccini is on the menu.

Touching verism.

Beautiful voices in a sober direction and design.

During the break a meet up with the theatre programmer.

The famously tragic story of young Geisha who loses her heart to an American naval officer unfolds and draws the audience along.


Tears afterwards.

Of course also with the Ukrainian national anthem.

Arts centre Amare is beautiful, grand but also a bit of a maze.

After the performance a short meeting with a delegation from the Ukrainian embassy.

Return by train.

Tomorrow Sittard.


18-04-2023 Toon Hermans Theater Sittard: Madama Butterfly.

19-04-2023 Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen: La Bohème.

To be continued.