Beyond Classic


We are very happy to welcome you to the fifth edition of this concert as part of the greater Darklands festival in this fabulous and historic concert venue, AMUZ.

As we are living in times of growing polarization, the value of an event like Beyond Classic/Darklands cannot be overestimated. We are bringing people together with different backgrounds, interests, philosophies etc..  curious to meet and get to know each other, open to be surprised.  In contrast to dividing people into categories, we believe in the inspirational power of connecting and sharing passion and expression. This evening, all our artists will subscribe to  and communicate  this message, using the language of music and dance. A very big thank you to all of them, as they are doing this for free to endorse the charity initiatives we support. 

A few words about the programme….

Black is the most important colour in the fetish scene. Whether rough leather or shiny latex skin, rubber or iron – there are countless dimensions and shades of the black colour that inspire us today. In baroque times it was no different, the colour black had many meanings, of which the dark, threatening, even abysmal evil is only one facet. Black was also the mourning and melancholy associated especially with artistic people, and of course the night and its temptations.

In their new show, Fetish Baroque presents the many exciting variations of black and has brought along three world stars of opera and modern dance. Dietrich Henschel, Grammy winner and partner of conducting legends such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe and John-Eliot Gardiner, is a master of creating abysmal characters on the opera stage. He sings three of the most beautiful arias by Purcell, Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach. Susanne Elmark, soprano from Copenhagen, inspires audiences in opera houses around the world with her emotional strength and also champions queer issues on stage. Finally, the Antwerp native Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is one of the most important choreographers of our time, having choreographed for Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Beyoncé, Cirque du Soleil, on Broadway etc… He offers us a new choreography creation to add expression to one of Bach’s powerful arias, performed by Morgan Lugo, a dancer of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen.

And after last year’s great success, Antwerp singer-songwriter Gregory Frateur will be back again, performing his very contemporary music together with period instruments. Finally, there will be a reunion with the acrobat Didac Cano from Barcelona, who will put his tattooed and pierced body entirely at the service of the search for the power of the colour black.


Each year we pick a charity as one of our beneficiaries. In 2023  we’ll support the start-up of ‘Checkpoint Gran Canaria’.

The Association of Sexual Health of the Canary Islands has formed with two main objectives, sexual health promotion and delivery of sexual health care and testing, primarily in Maspalomas.

The immediate tasks are to provide better information and signposting to current services, and then to re-establish accessible HIV rapid testing convenient to the famous heart of the gay scene, the Yumbo Centre. Beyond this, the association aspires to provide services similar to those available in other major Spanish and European cities, accessible sexual health testing, together with support and counselling.

These services should be available to residents, long term visitors and holidaymakers alike.  None of this will be possible without suitable funding, and having Darklands’ involvement in these early days helps in several ways: the direct financial support to help get started, the publicity and kudos that such a known brand can offer and importantly the acknowledgement that in an international resort such as Maspalomas, the responsibility for sexual health is also international.  Health concerns aren’t static and constrained to a home country, they travel outbound and inbound as well.


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 4 different seating categories.

+ Cat. A: rows 1 – 7 = € 69
+ Cat. B: rows 8 – 13 = € 59
+ Cat. C: rows 14 – 19 = € 49
+ Cat. D: rows 20 – 25 = € 39

Artists - Fetish Baroque

Susanne Elmark, soprano
Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Gregory Frateur, singer
Didac Cano, performance
Morgan Lugo, Dancer

Stitch, violin I
Agata Front, violin II
Gunda Hagmüller-Wieninger, viola
Alex Gropper, violoncello
Georg Kroneis, double bass & viola da gamba

Michael Hell, recorder & harpsichord
Katalin Horváth, traverso
Kevin Manent-Navratil, harpsichord & organ

Michael Hell, musical director
Thomas Höft, dramaturgy & presentation
Georg Kroneis, artistic director
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, choreography


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


Henry Purcell 1659 – 1695

  • Ouverture from the opera Dido and Aeneas
    (without tempo indication / quick)
  • Frost scene What power art thou from the opera King Arthur (Slow)

Solo: Dietrich Henschel, baritone

Dez Mona

  • Wicked : arranged by Michael Hell for baroque ensemble

Solo: Gregory Frateur, singer

Carl Friedrich Abel 1723 – 1787

  • Arpeggio

Soli: Georg Kroneis, viola da gamba & Didac Cano, performance

Antoine Forqueray 1672 – 1745

  • Jupiter from PIECES DE VIOLE Composées, Par MR FORQUERAY Le Pere.
    Mises en Pieces De CLAVECIN Par Mr.R FORQUERAY Le Fils (Paris, 1747)

Solo: Michael Hell, harpsichord

Dez Mona

  • Wolves arranged by Michael Hell for baroque ensemble

Solo: Gregory Frateur, singer

Antonio Vivaldi 1678 – 1741

  • Concerto La Notte (The Night) RV 439 Largo – Presto (Fantasmi, ghosts) – Largo– Andante – Presto – Largo (Il sonno, the sleep) – Allegro

Solo: Michael Hell, recorder

Henry Purcell

  • Recit Thy hand, Belinda
  • Aria When I am laid
    from the opera Dido and Aeneas

Solo: Susanne Elmark, soprano


Georg Friedrich Händel 1685 – 1759

  • Aria Ombra mai fu from the opera Serse

Solo: Susanne Elmark, soprano

Georg Philipp Telemann 1681 – 1767

  • Concerto in e minor Largo – Presto

Soli: Michael Hell, recorder & Katalin Horváth, traverso & Didac Cano, performance

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – 1750

  • Aria Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen from the cantata Ich habe genug

Soli: Dietrich Henschel, baritone & Morgan Lugo, dancer
Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Dez Mona

  • Does it make you happy arranged by Poltrock and Michael Hell for baroque

Solo: Gregory Frateur, singer

Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Ouverture in b minor BWV 1067 Badinerie

Soli: Katalin Horváth, traverso & Didac Cano, performance

Georg Friedrich Händel

  • Aria Why do the nations so furiously rage together from the oratory The Messiah

Solo: Dietrich Henschel, baritone

Georg Friedrich Händel

  • Aria Lascia ch’io pianga from the opera Rinaldo

Solo: Susanne Elmark, soprano



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Classic Meets Fetish 2020 impressions


Concert info

Thursday 9 March 2023 
 19:30h (doors) – 20:00 (start)
Former St.-Augustinus Church
Kammenstraat 81, 2000 Antwerpen

Tickets for Classic Meets Fetish will be available next week.