Beyond Classic

Sound your fetish strings and winds

Beyond Classic is the updated concept of the previous Classic Meets Fetish. The event has developed into an artistic experience that goes beyond classical music and fetish clothing. Professional, qualified and internationally distinguished musicians  and performers take stage in fetish outfits. Classical music is mixed with contemporary performing arts taking you to places you’ve never been before.

Baroque music is in many ways very distant from us, but in some ways also very close, downright inspiringly topical: on the opera stage we find a gender fluidity that one could hardly imagine more modern. Men sing women in dresses, women sing men in trousers, and the highest paid of all are castrated men who embody women and men, and gods at that. The Artificial counts for much more than the natural, the Artificial is valued much more than the unedited. In addition, the opera stage of the Baroque is full of heroes and heroines. Superhuman powers conquer demons, and mangas as well as Marvel comics make use of the imaginative ritual to this day.

Fetish Baroque brings the greatest super heroes and darkest demons of baroque opera back to life, whether Handel’s Hercules and Polyphemus, the one-eyed Cyclops, or Purcell’s demon, the Cold Genius and Aeneas, the prince of Troy. They are embodied by two real world stars of the opera stage: Iris Vermillion and Dietriech Henschel


Beyond Classic Antwerp is organised by volunteers. Most of the production costs (venue rent, musicians, sound and lights, and catering) are donated by our generous partners and sponsors. This way, we can generate the maximum amount of money from the concert to donate to charity. Donations will go to the travel funds of the titleholders elected at Darklands Belgium and Lumi.

Lumi is a Belgian organisation (formerly known as ‘De Holebifoon’) that offers information and a listening ear to everyone with LGBTQ questions. It is dedicated to LGBTQ psychological wellbeing. During lockdown Lumi registered 60% more contacts. It is without a doubt that psychological wellbeing of LGBTQ people is under pressure. Darklands is proud to present Lumi as this years beneficiary of the We Are one foundation.


Beyond Classic Antwerp takes place in the beautiful concert hall and former church, AMUZ. You can find it at Kammenstraat 81, 2000 Antwerpen

Car parking:
Q-Park: Kammenstraat 31
Q-Park: Lombardenvest 24-28
Parking Oudaan: Oudaan 15

Public transport:
There are several stops in the vicinity.


Tickets can be purchased in our ticket shop.

We have 5 different seating categories.

+ Cat. A: rows 1 – 5 = € 59
+ Cat. B: rows 6 – 10 = € 49
+ Cat. C: rows 11 – 15 = € 39
+ Cat. D: rows 16 – 18 = € 29
+ Cat. E: rows 19 – 20 = € 19

Musicians & programme

Doors as from 19u30 – Start 20u00 (punctual)

Iris Vermillion, mezzo-soprano
Dietrich Henschel, baritone

Ensemble Fetish Baroque
Michael Hell, musical director, harpsichord & recorder
Georg Kroneis, artistical director
Thomas Höft, dramaturgy

Title: Superheroes
Program details will be announced soon.

Required ticket

Valid Access With Beyond Classic Ticket

Classic Meets Fetish 2020 impressions


Concert info

Thursday 5 May 2022 
 19:30h (doors) – 20:00 (start)
Former St.-Augustinus Church
Kammenstraat 81, 2000 Antwerpen

Tickets for Classic Meets Fetish will be available next week.