The only Belgian Nobel Prize winner for literature, Maurice Maeterlinck, wrote his theater play 'Pelléas et Mélisande' in 1893.
The play made a great impression on a select group of composers: both Debussy and Fauré, as well as Jean Sibelius, wrote music inspired by this Symbolist masterpiece.
This is not the first time Collegium Vocale and Het Collectief have climbed the stage together: a few years ago, under the direction of the late Reinbert de Leeuw, we browsed through the wonderful and often childish fantasy world of Leoš Janáček. Our CD recording 'Rikadla' was enthusiastically received in the international press.
Het Collectief is experiencing a very intense and exciting autumn, richly filled with world premieres and new repertoire.
We kick off the new season at the Lageder wine estate in Magrè, Tyrol. This year, the Dutch composer Mathilde Wantenaar is a guest in the VIN-o-TON series. At the beginning of October, we will play her latest work 'Lieder der Vergänglichkeit' with the soprano Katrien Baerts.