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Performer: Dutch National Opera

Biography

Dutch National Opera is known for its diverse programming, from classic to contemporary operas, and for the reliably outstanding quality of its performances. With innovative productions, specially-composed works and a fresh approach to the standard repertoire, Dutch National Opera ensures the longevity of this splendid art form. With Pierre Audi as its artistic director and now, following the merger, as director of Dutch National Opera, the company has garnered worldwide recognition and its new productions invariably attract widespread attention. In 2013 DNO won the international Opera Award for the best production of the year.

The company was founded shortly after the Second World War and developed from a repertory company to a ‘stagione’ company. This means that Dutch National Opera does not have a full-time ensemble and that it stages an average of one opera per month, for which guest soloists and separate artistic teams are brought in.

Dutch National Opera does have its own full-time chorus, made up of fifty-six professional singers. The Chorus is considered one of the finest in Europe and was nominated for the best choral performance of the year in 2013. For most of its productions, DNO works with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. The chief conductor is Marc Albrecht.

Most of DNO’s productions can be seen in National Opera & Ballet, but performances are also held in other venues, among them the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg, Royal Theatre Carré, the Westergasfabriek or the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. Many of DNO’s operas continue to attract the attention of, and invitations from, international opera houses and festivals. Co-productions with renowned companies such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Opéra de Paris or the Teatro alla Scala in Milan are now regular partnerships.

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AmsterdamDie Entführung aus dem Serail

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
Jérémie Rhorer; Johan Simons; Dutch National Opera; Bert Neumann; Nina von Mechow; Lenneke Ruiten; Paul Appleby

AmsterdamPrince Igor

Borodin: Prince Igor
Stanislav Kochanovsky; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Dutch National Opera; Elena Zaitseva; Ildar Abdrazakov; Oksana Dyka

AmsterdamWozzeckNew Production

Berg: Wozzeck
Marc Albrecht; Krzysztof Warlikowski; Dutch National Opera; Małgorzata Szczęśniak; Christopher Maltman; Marcel Beekman

AmsterdamThe New PrinceWorld Première

Fairouz: The New Prince
Steven Sloane; Lotte de Beer; Dutch National Opera; Clement & Sanou; Nathan Gunn; Karin Strobos

AmsterdamA Dog's Heart

Raskatov: A Dog's Heart
Martyn Brabbins; Simon McBurney; Dutch National Opera; Michael Levine; Christina Cunningham; Sergei Leiferkus; Ville Rusanen
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DNO's Abduction a soprano vehicle for Lenneke Ruiten

The revival of this nine-year-old production feels dated, but its three Rs – Ruiten, Rose and Rhorer – make it a worthwhile evening.
***11
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Audi's spectacular Parsifal at DNO

With its monumental sets designed by Anish Kapoor, Pierre Audi’s abstract Parsifal at Dutch National Opera is spectacular, led by the excellent Christopher Ventris, with Günther Groissböck shining in his role debut as Gurnemanz. 
****1
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Starkly powerful Jephtha at Dutch National Opera

Concerto Köln, honed to perfection, and an accomplished cast star in Claus Guth's tense, dark staging of Handel's Jephtha. 
****1
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Abandoned in a chilly Louisiana desert

An aesthetically handsome but cold and distant staging mars the long-awaited return of  Eva-Maria Westbroek as Puccini’s heroine at Dutch National Opera.
***11
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Bonbon-box Marriage of Figaro at DNO

The singing is the main attraction in Dutch National Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro, but this new production is also entertaining and looks good enough to eat.
****1
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