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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.
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AmsterdamOde to the Master

Ode to the Master
Prokofiev, Piazzolla, Andriessen
Hans van Manen; Dutch National Ballet; Matthew Rowe; Het Balletorkest; Carel Kraayenhof; Hebe Mensinga

AmsterdamRequiemWorld première

Dutch National Ballet in Requiem © Hans Gerritsen
Brzóska, Bryars
David Dawson; Dutch National Ballet; Matthew Rowe; Eno Henze; Yumiko Takeshima; Altin Kaftira

AmsterdamMarc Albrecht conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 8

© Elmer van der Marel
Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; WDR Rundfunkchor Köln; London Symphony Chorus; MDR Radio Choir Leipzig; Knabenchor Hannover

AmsterdamAnna Fedorova & Friends: Piazzolla

© Serban Maestecaneanu
Nisinman, Datta, Ferré, Piazzolla, Buxtehude, Gardel
Marcelo Nisinman; Dana Zemtsov; Nicholas Schwartz; Anna Fedorova
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A great Requiem premieres at Dutch National Ballet

Dutch National Ballet in Requiem © Hans Gerritsen
Dawson impresses most where the dynamic between utter stillness and his lyrical movements is greatest, and Bryers has composed a beautiful and meditative series of compositions
****1
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Renée Fleming in recital at the Concertgebouw

Renée Fleming © Andrew Eccles | Decca
In a highly versatile recital, soprano Renée Fleming was at her best in unaffected songs and operetta.
***11
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La Cetra dazzles in Juditha triumphans at Dutch National Opera

Gaëlle Arquez (Juditha) © Marco Borggreve

Floris Visser’s staging transforms Vivaldi’s biblical oratorio into a credible wartime drama. The young cast is proficient, and La Cetra Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Andrea Marcon, nothing short of miraculous.

****1
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Exploring Romanticism: Haitink and the RCO perform Mozart and Brahms

Bernard Haitink © Todd Rosenberg
Bernard Haitink delights at the Concertgebouw in two great symphonies from masters of the 18th and 19th centuries. 
*****
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