Here's what's happening at Bang-up! Opera this June, just before our annual Gentse Feestje @Huset rolls into town! Don't miss what's coming up! Bang-up! Opera Artist news and NEW concert dates announced below.


Viva México!

Thursday 18 June 2015 @20.00

Huset Kunstcafé, Hoogstraat 49, 9000 Gent

VIVA MÉXICO! is coming to Gent! Created in 2009 by Tenor Mauricio Villanueva Espinosa and long-time friends and collaborators, Juan Pablo Rivera Sierra (Guitar) and José Eduardo Flores (Multi-media/Piano) as a way to promote the wealth of culture and arts of Mexico and Latin America abroad, Tenor Mauricio Villanueva now brings this wonderful program featuring the music of Mexico's greatest composers and musical styles to Gent audiences. Viva México will be on tour this June in Norway, finishing up the tour with this concert at Huset. A Latin Night like no other, bringing Mexico to the heart of Gent. 

Tea Party Concert Series (British Song)

Sunday 21 June 2015 @15.00

Huset Kunstcafé, Hoogstraat 49, 9000 Gent 

It's tea time! Introducing a new Bang-up! Opera concert series offering themed recitals accompanied with a tea or coffee and your choice of a tasty Huset snack. We're teaming up with Huset to bring this first of many Tea Parties to come, promoting the art of song and recital. A cozy afternoon concert in the perfect setting of Huset's salon hall cafe. Our first concert features British song with Bang-up! Opera Artists Nicola Mills (UK), Yvette Loynaz (US), Bruno De Canne (BE), and Wouter Vande Ginste (BE).

Reservations now open at!


What's coming up for Bang-up! Artists

"...a mother, a son, two daughters and a policeman, sopranos, tenors and more! 
Love, sex, crime, fatal attraction..." 

A new thriller chamber opera in episodes, (a)Mantis Religiosa composed by Milica Ilić on a libretto by Bang-up! Opera Baritone/Librettist Christian Luján & Pianist Milica Ilić will have its premiere at the International Opera Academy in Gent on Saturday 6 June 2015 at 19.00

Who's Who?
Composer/Piano: Milica Ilić                                         
Libretto: Milica Ilić and Christian Luján                       Regie: Lucija Dedic                                                      Video: Fabien De Lathouwer 

Helene Bracke as MOTHER                                                                                                                       Christian Luján as CHRIS
Charlotte Panouklia / Frasquita as JULIE 
Denzil Delaere as DEN 
Sarah McCourt as SARAH 

€25 / €20 Student/65+/werkloos
(Act fast! Limited seating available!)

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Newsflashes ahead!

Bang-up! Opera's Grand Opera Night directed by Ronny Lauwers will be showing @De Vieze Gasten in Gent on 28 May (20.30) & 31 May (19.30)! Last 2 performances this season! Don't miss your chance to catch the last of a year-long tour for this troupe. Featuring great opera hits from the operas of Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, and more. Reservations at

Starring Bang-up! Opera Artists Annelies Van Hijfte (Soprano), Yvette Loynaz (Soprano), Mauricio Villanueva Espinosa (Tenor), Bruno De Canne (Baritone) and Caroline James (Piano).

Benefietavond for Tenor Mauricio Villanueva @Huset was a great success! In one night, we raised 285€ in support of Mauricio's summer training at Miami Summer Music Festival! There's still a long way to go to reach his goal, so for those who missed this performance and would still like to support this wonderful artist and friend, you can do so online or at Mauricio's next Huset performance on 18 June at Huset, Viva México! Click here to find out how you can help Mauricio now!


Stay tuned for our Gentse Feesten Newsletter coming up in June! More news on festival programming, tickets, and more. 


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Huset concerts are sponsored by Quatre Mains Gent