St. Louis Blues

The Dutch opera St. Louis Blues is based on true events in the year 1939.

In that year, the St. Louis passenger ship sailed with 937 Jewish passengers from Hamburg to Havana. The refugees hope to bring themselves to safety by obtaining an entry visa for the US in Cuba. What starts as a journey full of euphoria ends in a deception: Cuba, the US and South America close their borders for the refugees. The ship is forced to return to Europe, where the same fate awaits for most as for millions of Jews at the time of World War II.

History repeats itself: 80 years later, it is bitter to find that the fate of boat refugees is still uncertain today. This opera connects the past with the present and encourages both reconsideration and reflection.The future will show whether more humanity is a bridge too far.

St. Touchstones, orkest de ereprijs and Musis en Stadstheater Arnhem presents: the opera St Louis Blues!

Performance data
Tue 10 September 2019 - 8 p.m.
Wed 11 September 2019 - 8 p.m.
Thu 12 September 2019 - 8 p.m.
Fr 13 September 2019 - 8 p.m.
Sat 14 September 2019 - 3 p.m.
Sat 14 September 2019 - 8 p.m.
Sun 15 September 2019 - 3 p.m.

staging: Jeroen Kriek
co-staging: Goos Meeuwsen & Helena Bittencourt
composer: Chiel Meijering
libretto: Paul Binnerts
music: orkest de ereprijs, led by Wim Boerman
singers/performers: Francisca Branco, Pim van Drunen, Wiebe Pier Cnossen, Ginette Puylaert, Jan Kristof Schliep, Jorien Zeevaart, Luke Mitchell, Che-Sheng Wu, Maame Joses