Opera, based on the novel 'The Convert' by Stefan Hertmans and on a libretto by Krystian Lada (English, Latin and Aramaic)

Belgian premiere can be watched on OPERAVISION.EU and on

"Praying to Whom" is this opera's subtitle about identity, impossible love, faith and human power.
"Pray. But to whom' With these words Stefan Hertmans summarizes the inner conflict of his title heroine in his haunting novel 'The Convert'. With Vigdis Adelaïs, Hertmans created a strong woman who, at the time of the First Crusade at the end of the 11th century, became torn between her Christian upbringing and the Jewish faith, to which she converted for her lover, and after which she takes the name Hamoutal. "The Convert" tells the story of a young mother who, in times of religious violence, becomes the victim of a pogrom and tragically goes down in her search for her abducted children.
Soprano Lore Binon sings the title role, six singers from different vocal traditions interpret the numerous other characters. In addition to members of the Choir and the Children's Choir of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, an Antwerp city choir is also part of the line-up. Director and visual artist Hans Op de Beeck, who is also responsible for scenography and costume design, creates a poetic visual world, in which Vigdis's quest is central to an age-old world that is mind-bogglingly similar to ours.


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Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)


De Bekeerlinge (The Convert) (2021)
Opera, based on the novel 'The Convert' by Stefan Hertmans and on a libretto by Krystian Lada (English, Latin and Aramaic)
commissioned by Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Opéra de Rouen Normandie and Music Theatre Transparant (+/- 150)
first performance: May 10th, 2022 at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Antwerp

Musical direction: Koen Kessels 
Direction, scenography and costume design: Hans Op de Beeck
Electronics: Jorrit Tamminga
Lighting design: Peter Quasters
Dramaturgy: Koen Bollen
Choral conducting: Jan Schweiger
Children’s choir conducting: Hendrik Derolez

Cast: Lore Binon, Vincenzo Neri,  Amel Brahim-Djelloul, Françoise Atlan, Daniel Arnaldos, Luvuyo Mbundu en Guido Jentjens
Symphonic orchestra, choir and children’s choir of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
City choir, Madam Fortuna in collaboration with Meeting Centre Het Oude Badhuis