Le Villi

Opera Zuid
Fri 16 May ’25 and Sun 18 May ’25
Where broken hearts are avenged
Fri 16 May ’25
Sun 18 May ’25

Le Villi is an unforgettable dance opera full of passion, love, and mystique. Giacomo Puccini based his first opera on the ancient Central European myths of the Vilja: young women who died of a broken heart.

Earlier, this myth was used for the creation of the world-famous ballet Giselle. Especially for the production of Opera Zuid, the Dutch composer Karmit Fadael is composing a prelude on the theme of the dark forest as a metaphor for getting lost in life.

The Story
Anna and Roberto celebrate their engagement, but then he has to pick up an inheritance in the city. 'Non ti scordar di me! - Don't forget me!', Anna calls after her beloved out of fear that he won't return. Roberto assures her that he will come back, after which they will marry. Winter arrives, and the wait for her beloved becomes too much for Anna. She succumbs to a broken heart. On his journey back, unaware that Anna has died, Roberto is tempted. Once home, the spirit of Anna appears to him. She has become a Villi. Roberto prays in vain for forgiveness, but Anna is determined to avenge him.

Le Villi takes you to a world where love and loss meet in an enchanting interplay of music, drama, and dance. For the direction of Le Villi, Opera Zuid chooses none other than the experienced choreographer, actress, aerialist, and producer Dreya Weber (known from P!nk).

  • Sung in Italian with Dutch and English surtitles
  • With a free introduction on May 16 at 6:15 pm and on May 18 at 1:45 pm


Cast Sílvia Sequiera, Denzil Delaere, Ivan Thirion Orkest Philzuid Muzikale leiding Karel Deseure Regie & choreografie Dreya Weber


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