Comic Opera


An opera about (mis)communication by G.C. Menotti


A selection of the most beautiful classical songs and opera repertoire by W.A. Mozart, F. Schubert, C.Gounod, H. Wolf, A.L. Webber and others.

With: Elsi Spanoghe (Soprano) - Erwin Muller (Baritone) and Peter Jeurissen (Piano)


Tuesday, May 21


Start of the comic opera




End of the reception


Handelsbeurs Concertzaal Gent

Kouter 29

9000 Ghent


The Telephone – A comic opera in one act by G. C. Menotti

Ben, bearing a gift, comes to visit Lucy at her apartment; he wants to propose to her before he leaves on a trip. Despite his attempts to get her attention for sufficient time to ask his question, Lucy is occupied with interminable conversations on the telephone. Between her calls, when Lucy leaves the room, Ben even takes the risk of trying to cut the telephone wire, though his attempt is unsuccessful. Not wanting to miss his train, Ben leaves without asking Lucy for her hand in marriage. But Ben makes one last attempt: He calls Lucy from a telephone booth in the street and asks her to marry him. She consents, and the two join in a romantic duet over the phone line, at the end of which Lucy makes sure that Ben remembers her phone number.

Peter Jeurissen - Piano

The Belgian pianist and organist Peter Jeurissen started his professional career at the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven. He obtained several master degrees in music with highest distinction and has been appointed accompanist and coach of the vocal department in 2010.

Within his wide musical interests, he developed a special affinity with lied. He took part in several masterclasses with some of the world’s leading lied experts as Roger Vignoles, Robert Holl, Jocelyne Dienst-Bladin, Lucienne van Dijk and Audrey Hyland.  He is currently working on a research proposal involving lied accompanying, which eventually may lead to a PhD in Arts.

Apart from his academic career, he participates as a pianist in many national and international concerts and competitions such as the International Vocal Competition ‘s Hertogenbosch and Voix Nouvelles in Paris.

Elsi Spanoghe - SopranoElsi Spanoghe (°1991) graduated with a master’s degree in classical singing from the LUCA school of Arts, Campus Lemmens (Belgium) in 2014. In addition, she followed a postgraduate programme Children- and youth choir conducting in 2017.

Highlights of her career so far include the soprano solo “Mass for Atheists" (composer: Jeroen D’hoe), a concert tour through China and her interpretation of the role of Susanna in W.A. Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” at 30CC Leuven in 2015.

Apart from pursuing her own projects, Elsi is a frequently asked soloist at various concerts. She is a teacher Singing and Choir at the Music Academy of Tielt and Ronse. Since May 2018, Elsi has been eagerly conducting the mixed adult choir Qui Vive in Desselgem.


Erwin Muller – Baritone and Clarinettist

Baritone Erwin Muller is currently studying with Catherine Vandevelde at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. He started his Bachelor in September 2016. His interests and repertoire cover old music, opera and contemporary songs.

In the 2017 – 2018 season, Erwin participated in a number of projects, as a part of his education: Umberto in La Serva Padrone, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Ben in The Telephone, and the bass solo in Messiah.

The years before he also sang as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, The sailor in Dido & Aeneas, The prince/watch dog in De witte slang, Sweeney Todd in the so-called musical, Socraadeens in Tempoesfoejiet, The Mother in Die Sieben Totsunden, Vesperae Solennes and the Christmas Oratory by Camille Saint-Saens.

Erwin also plays clarinets in ensemble VONK. He teaches singing, clarinet and general music courses. With male-ensemble Abandeuil! Erwin brings old music to life. See for more information.

Photographer: Tysje Severens


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