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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

Het Concertgebouw © Leander Lammertink
© Leander Lammertink
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AmsterdamViviane Hagner and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker: Mozart and Kodály

Mozart, Glière, Schulhoff
Viviane Hagner; Marie-Elisabeth Hecker

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

AmsterdamJaroussky sings Bach and Telemann

Telemann, Bach
Freiburger Barockorchester; Philippe Jaroussky

AmsterdamNederlands Kamerkoor: Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt

Pärt, Glass, Jennefelt, Lang
Peter Dijkstra; Nederlands Kamerkoor; Matthias Havinga

AmsterdamThe King's Consort & Choir: Vivaldi

Vivaldi: Juditha triumphans
Robert King; Malena Ernman; Julia Doyle; Marianne Beate Kielland; Gaia Petrone
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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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Beauty and the Beast battle for our hearts and ears

A truly remarkable performance of Stravinky's Sacre by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti.
****1
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A brilliant Coppelia

Coppelia's convincing cartoon world with some great dancing by soloists De Jongh and Camargo and comedic genius by Yanowsky.
****1
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Christine Goerke's superb Brünnhilde

At the Concertgebouw, the three soloist headed by Christine Goerke’s Brünnhilde’s lift the performance of Act III of Die Walküre conducted by Valery Gergiev to the Valhalla of music.
****1
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NDT: Spiritwalking

It's all there; the virtuoso dancing, brilliant live Philip Glass music, mysteriously connected couples whirled into a subtle feeling of expansion. If your brain lacks a much needed moral and creative boost this is your December pick-me-up.
****1
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look back at holland festival 2016

Cutting edge: Holland Festival explores a wider Europe

This year’s Holland Festival is titled Edges of Europe, delving into the continent’s history back into Ancient Greek myth, but also the way it is changing in the 21st century.