Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is home to the famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra which regularly performs at the Concertgebouw concert hall together with an array of first class visiting orchestras. The Dutch National Opera and Ballet offer a first class season for aficionados. Throughout the summer, Amsterdam also hosts three fantastic music festivals; the Holland Festival, Robecco SummerNights and the Grachtenfestival. You can find concerts or opera performances using our Amsterdam Concert Calendar and click on the ticket link to book online.
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Het Concertgebouw © Leander Lammertink
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The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Visiting Amsterdam? Find out what's coming up at the Concertgebouw here!
Dutch National Opera © Michiel Verbeek
© Michiel Verbeek

Guide to Dutch National Opera and Ballet

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AmsterdamNelsons conducts Shostakovich's 11th and Prokofiev

Prokofiev, Shostakovich
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Andris Nelsons; Yefim Bronfman

AmsterdamQuirine Viersen plays Bach's Cello Suites

Bach
Quirine Viersen, Cello

AmsterdamThe New PrinceWorld Première

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

AmsterdamOnegin

Tchaikovsky: Onegin
John Cranko; Dutch National Ballet; Ermanno Florio; Dutch Ballet Orchestra

AmsterdamLitton conducts Shostakovich' Symphony No. 10

Bartók, Shostakovich
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Litton; Antoine Tamestit
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A colourful and fast-paced revue in Amsterdam

Mohammed Fairouz’s second opera, The New Prince, premiered in Amsterdam, is directed by Lotte de Beer as a colourful, dizzyingly fast-paced  revue.
***11
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Inspired Ritorno d’Ulisse at the Concertgebouw

Under the baton of René Jacobs, B’rock Orchestra gave an inspired performance  that ought to contribute in giving Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria the place it deserves in the standard repertoire.
*****
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Ugly and brilliant: Wozzeck at Dutch National Opera

Clarity and mounting horror in the orchestra pit, the full truth and ugliness of the human condition onstage. Dutch National Opera’s new production of Wozzeck is stomach-churning for all the right reasons.
*****
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A high-spirited Don Giovanni at Nederlandse Reisopera

Director Jo Davies' staging of Mozart’s dramma giocoso for Nederlandse Reisopera is a high-spirited  affair packed with humour, where the emphasis is decidedly more on giocoso than on the dramma.
***11
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Over-the-top Elgar and hushed Mahler

Sir John Eliot Gardiner rendered Elgar’s Second Symphony with broad, excessive, strokes, while Ann Hallenberg brought hushed intensity to Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder.
***11
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