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Gentse Feestje @Huset #GF15

Surprise cameo performances, east meets west musical fusion, and a variety of themed programs offering up unusual pairings each night–these are just a few highlights of what’s lined up for the 3rd edition of Bang-up! Opera’s Gentse Feestje at Huset during one of the biggest cultural music festivals of the year.

Liederfeestje is back, opening up the festival with this popular program of art song gems set within the backdrop of Huset’s 19th century charm. Join us for the start of a fantastic week of performances, and transport yourself to a simpler time and place, where the Liederabend and interpretation of art song rule.

Tuesday night introduces our special guests performers the Lami Trio in an Arabian Night. Classical singer Helene Schoeters, rock star cellist Lode Vercampt (also memeber of I Solisti del Vento), and the sublime Iraqi composer, producer, and qanun player Osama Abdulrasol bring you a night of east-west classical fusion with a perfect cultural blend of musical styles and languages.


Here’s a look at the Lami Trio in action.


As a mid-week delight, it’s Crossing Borders, a program featuring the music of composers who have traveled and emigrated abroad. Crossing cultures, genders, boundaries, and styles, this program is a suitcase packed with entertainment. Travel alongside our performers and composers who offer up touching songs of loss, rage, sensuality, fun, and moments seized as dreamers do.

The long weekend line-up will be hard to miss with what we’ve got in store. Thursday night, cue the xylophone for La vie, l’amour, a French melodie night like no other. A tour de la France from 1920’s to 1960’s, it’s a time-crossing beatnik vibe with far-out, sensual, heart wrenching French lyrics and chanson like only the French can do. Friday night, it’s drama to the nines with Drama Queens. The wigs are coming off for this one! With the most heightened, over the top, do or die moments in opera that you can imagine, Drama Queens is pulling out the stops for this night of craziness and drama. Now, if that’s not enough drama for you, hello Wagner! Wagner Night brings you the exquisite music of Richard Wagner, the old sorcerer of opera himself, in opera and song. With moments from Wagner’s most celebrated operas, Tannhässer, Götterdammerung, Die Walküre, Lohengrin, Der fliegende Holländer, and Parsifal.

Closing the festival on a more delicate, soothing note is Nacht und Träume. It’s a program of music inspired by sleep, dark nights, and dreams.  Cuddle up and relax as you’re serenaded with the music of Purcell, Handel, Debussy, Fauré, Tchaikovsky, and a few more hushed secrets in store.

Join us for what promises to be the most exciting Genste Feestje yet, with 15 performing artists, including our *surprise cameo performers* which will only be revealed each night in performance. Watch out for clues and riddles on who these mystery performers might be posted on our Facebook and Twitter in the weeks and days leading up to each concert.


Huset Kunstcafé & Galerij
Hoogstraat 49, 9000 Gent

Reservations at info@bangupopera.com

Ticket Information
50€, Festival Full-Pass
25€, Festival Mini-Pass
10€, Single Tickets
5€, Student Tickets


Gentse Feestje @Huset #GF15
7 concerts in 7 days!
Day 1, Monday 20 July 2015: Liederfeestje
Day 2, Tuesday 21 July 2015: Arabian Night with Lami Trio
Day 3, Wednesday 22 July 2015: Crossing Borders
Day 4, Thursday 23 July 2015: La vie, l’amour (French Chanson)
Day 5, Friday 24 July 2015: Drama Queens
Day 6, Saturday 25 July 2015: Wagner Night
Day 7, Sunday 26 July 2015: Nacht und Träume


Gentse Feestje Performers
Annelies Buyssens, Annelies Van Hijfte, Bianca Van Puyvelde, Charlotte Janssen, Jolien De Gendt, Joëlle Charlier, Bruno De Canne, Caroline James, Wouter Vande Ginste, the Lami Trio, and SURPRISE CAMEO PERFORMANCES INTRODUCING A NEW PERFORMER EACH NIGHT!