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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. You can find concerts or opera performances using our Amsterdam Concert Calendar and click on the ticket link to book online.
March 2018
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AmsterdamAtos Trio with Schubert and Beethoven

Atos Trio with Schubert and Beethoven
Beethoven, Schubert
Atos Trio

AmsterdamTrouble in Tahiti/ ClemencyNew Production

Trouble in Tahiti/ Clemency
Bernstein, MacMillan
Duncan Ward; Ted Huffman; Dutch National Opera; Nederlands Kamerorkest

AmsterdamLa morte d'OrfeoNew Production

La morte d'Orfeo
Landi: La morte d'Orfeo
Christophe Rousset; Pierre Audi; Dutch National Opera; Les Talens Lyriques

AmsterdamTon Koopman and Concertgebouw Orchestra: Bach's St Matthew Passion

© Foppe Schut
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Ton Koopman; Tilman Lichdi; Manuel Walser; Christina Landshamer; Ann Hallenberg

AmsterdamDas Floß der MedusaNew production

Mamadou Ndiaye; Lenneke Ruiten (La Mort) © DNO 2018 | Monika Rittershaus
Henze: Das Floß der Medusa (The Raft of the Medusa)
Ingo Metzmacher; Romeo Castellucci; Dutch National Opera; Lenneke Ruiten; Bo Skovhus
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Musically superlative Das Floß der Medusa at DNO

Mamadou Ndiaye; Lenneke Ruiten (La Mort) © DNO 2018 | Monika Rittershaus
Ingo Metzmacher leads a musically formidable performance of Hans Werner Henze’s shipwreck oratorio. Romeo Castellucci’s staging engages the senses but remains emotionally distant.
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Traetta's Antigona a forceful Baroque drama in Amsterdam

Erika Simons (Antigona) © Jörg Landsberg
Tommaso Traetta’s Antigona is given a powerful staging, although not all the voices proved big enough for its mythical subject.
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The Rake’s Progress in the here and now at Dutch National Opera

Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Virtuoso modern stagecraft and a fine cast combine in a very enjoyable, present-day Rake’s Progress.
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Tristan und Isolde smoulders at Dutch National Opera

Stephen Gould (Tristan), Ricarda Merbeth (Isolde) © DNO 2018
A strong cast, a lyrically simmering orchestra and lucid staging make this a Tristan und Isolde to treasure.
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A magical Golden Cockerel at the Concertgebouw

Venera Gimadieva © Leonid Semenyuk
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under the baton of conductor Vasily Petrenko uncovers the magic of Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic score. 
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The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Het Concertgebouw © Leander Lammertink
© Leander Lammertink
Visiting Amsterdam? Find out what's coming up at the Concertgebouw here!

Guide to Dutch National Opera and Ballet

Dutch National Opera © Michiel Verbeek
© Michiel Verbeek
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Postcard from Amsterdam: unassuming riches

Canal boat © Jenny Camilleri
When you stroll through the Rijksmuseum, 17th-century burghers peer at you, self-assured and dressed soberly, mostly in black. The first impression these portraits of the superrich give is that their subjects did not much care for ostentatious display.