Aria of Anita. From “Katibu di Shon'. First and only papiamental opera.

Katibu di Shon

Katibu di shon (slave and master) is a histoire parfumée, a fictional story
based on the historical slave rebellion of 17 August 1795 in Curaçao.
It tells the story of Wilmu, son of a slave owner, and Luis, son of a
slave, who together — almost like brothers — grow up on the plantation. Both of them become
in love with the same girl, Anita.

Circumstances, and later the slave rebellion, disperse Wilmu and Luis, and Anita
becomes the victim of that. The rebellion is pressed down, and Luis is turned into a
sentenced to death. Both men contemplate the events during the uprising and
there is a rapprochement between Wlmu and Luis. When they say goodbye,
Wilmoe Luis gives a knife, with which he takes his life. That's how Luis shows.
that even as far as death is concerned, he prefers freedom over slavery.


Opera is the form of theater that proves to be most suitable for the performance of
the piece. The music is based on old, not yet saved from oblivion
Slave rhythms. It also offers various art disciplines, such as theatric,
dance, visual arts and music, each of which is highly developed in the Antilles, the opportunity
to collaborate for the first time in one common project. In addition, offers
opera like no other theater form the opportunity to take the audience into the
emotion of the story.


There is singing in Papiamental. The beauty, power and melodic
properties of the Papiament will be very suitable for use in opera. The
performance will be a first acquaintance with this language for many.


Carel the Haseth

Carel the Haseth, after studying Pharmacy, returned to Curaçao, and settled
there as a pharmacist. Later he was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary of the
Netherlands Antilles. He published “Three days for Eve”, “Berceuse for
disappointed”, followed by “Bida na koló” (“Colors of life”). “Poesia Venená”
and “As long as there are shores”. Carel the Haseth published his novel “Katibu di
Shon”, for which he was awarded the Cola Debrot Prize for Literature in 1989, the
highest cultural award in the Antilles. The book has been translated into the
Dutch and German. Carel the Haseth was asked to join the
jury of the Libris Literature Prize.

Randal Corses

Born in Curaçao, the pianist and composer Randal Corses is known for the
original way in which he knows how to play Antillean and Latin American music with jazz
mix. He graduated cum laude from the conservatory of Tilburg. For his
debut CD Evolushón received Randal Corses the Edison Award. On the CD Corsen plays
Corsen paid homage to his great-great-great-grandfather, the poet and
classical musician Joseph Sickman Corsen, who from his birth in 1853 until his
died in 1911 in Curaçao.