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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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AmsterdamSwan Lake

Maia Makhateli, Daniel Camargo and ensemble in Swan Lake © Marc Haegeman
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Rudi van Dantzig; Toer van Schayk; Dutch National Ballet; Boris Gruzin; Andrew Mogrelia

AmsterdamRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Schubert's "Great" Symphony

© Florence Grandidier
Schubert, Wennäkoski
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Thomas Hengelbrock; Kersten McCall

AmsterdamTrio Weithaas - Hecker - Helmchen: Schubert and Dvořák

© Ronald Knapp
Schubert, Dvořák
Martin Helmchen; Antje Weithaas; Marie-Elisabeth Hecker

AmsterdamMariss Jansons conducts Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony

© Simon van Boxtel
Dvořák, Saint-Saëns
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Mariss Jansons; Iveta Apkalna
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A Swan Lake of awe inspiring beauty in Amsterdam

Maia Makhateli, Daniel Camargo and ensemble in Swan Lake © Marc Haegeman
This Swanlake is a continued homage to classical female beauty and the awe-inspiring dancing that women are capable of. The swans' collective mourning at Siegfried’s betrayal and its consequences as well as their collective disapproval are palpable.
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Perfect symbiosis of words and music in Fin de partie

Leonardo Cortellazzi (Nagg) © Ruth Walz

György Kurtág’s long awaited opera Fin de partie gets a second run in Amsterdam after its La Scala premiere, with the same excellent cast, conductor and production team.

*****
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Adams’ dark Gold Rush opera arrives in Amsterdam

Girls of the Golden West © Ruth Walz
Dame Shirley’s texts are here sung by the young American soprano Julia Bullock whose pliable instrument and stylish way with words reveal an ideal storyteller.
***11
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Albrecht’s Mahler 8 is a fierce struggle for redemption

Marc Albrecht © Marco Borggreve
Leading five choirs, fine soloists and a glowing Netherlands Philharmonic, conductor Marc Albrecht emphasised the human struggle in a highly dramatic performance of Mahler’s mammoth eighth symphony.
*****
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