MARC KRONE
'When opera is good it is the most beautiful thing on earth.'
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Press on: DIE STUMME SERENADE
OperaNederland ****
Already with his staging of The Merry Widow director Marc Krone showed that he has an unerring sense of the light genre. With Die Stumme Serenade he delivers a first class direction again. Krone gets the best from his singers, lets them work the whole room and knows how to get them to deliver their very best.

NRC ****
Director Marc Krone has the young singers of Dutch National Opera Academy play comedy in the most effective way, that is to say: dead serious.

VPRO ****
Die Stumme Serenade: this forgotten gem shines as it was intended to shine!

Telegraaf *****
Marc Krone signs for a tasteful direction with subtly accentuated humor.

Paper Press (Berlin)
Das war das Beste, was ich bisher bei Young Euro Classic erlebt habe.

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Press on: DIE LUSTIGE WITWE (THE MERRY WIDOW)
Opera Netherland ****
This production, graced with good singers and stage direction, meets a need, which for many years has been overlooked by the Dutch National Opera.
The Merry Widow is a timeless and universal operetta, a story of state bankruptcy, human deficiencies and weaknesses. The work, should not be smothered in modernizations and psychologizing additions, as of late is in vogue by many theater directors. Marc Krone has been ever so aware of this since it is reflected in his is near to perfect staging of The Merry Widow.

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Press on: 'KURT WEILL'
De Volkskrant
Marc Duijnstee
Marc Krone hits the nail right on the head with this ‘Evening with Kurt Weill’; his sober staging makes this evening all the more poingant and intense.

Press on: DER ZIGEUNERBARON (THE GYPSY BARON)
NRC-Handelsblad****
Operetta as it was intended to be!
These are retro times, also in the realm of the operetta. That is why the production of Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron), which will tour the Netherlands the coming weeks, returns to the roots of the genre. And that does not imply the inane stupidity under which operetta has suffered unbearably for decennia, but the mix of cabaret comedy and villainous social criticism.
In the program notes of  Der Zigeunerbaron we finds a tractate by director Marc Krone on the topicality of this operetta, in which he states that it does not merely consists of an 'all well that ends well' story, but that it deals with utterly contemporary affairs: the multicultural society, matters of rank and class, the hunt for status and riches, fixed values and standards, the battle between nouveau riche and the have-nots, war started light-heartedly and scarce real love.
Krone has the ability to present this Zigeunerbaron with the double handle on direction that contemporary opera needs. This leads to a parodical view on the hypocrisy of authorities, while the operetta itself is being presented as an ironical and sometimes wry metaphor. To say nothing of the allusions to other theatrical styles: the gypsies are reminiscent of the poverty musical Les Miserables, love has the aspect of the balcony-scene in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Multi cultural and international as well is the adequate instrumental and vocal cast: choir and orchestra are from the Ukraine, soloists from Germany, Austria, and The Netherlands.

Composers startpagina****
Dream team makes operetta as it should to be!
Last week Artistic duo Peter Cox (Music Director) Marc Krone (Director) of the International Opera Productions'  Der Zigeunerbaron  presented a convincing and authentic production. This Zigeunerbaron is strong and successful indeed. Sweeping, and full of nuance in both music and acting. Great drama, intimate moments and seeming lightheartedness thanks to the excellent, for operetta exceptional, stage direction. All this thanks to the above mentioned duo and the cast, and musical ensemble (an eastern European orchestra with a western sound) ballet and soloists: Barinkay / Schargerl, Czipra / Schneider and Saffi / Rammeloo. Great acting even in the tiniest ensemble-role in the farthest corner.
Recommended!

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