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Cecilia Bartoli © Decca | Kristian Schuller
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Sovereign Bartoli revisits Vivaldi at the Concertgebouw

By , 23 November 2018
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Il barbiere di Siviglia at Dutch National Opera © Marco Borggreve | DNO 2018
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“Let them eat cake!” A revolutionary Barbiere at Dutch National Opera

By , 10 November 2018
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Phillip Rhodes (Scarpia) and Kari Postma (Tosca) © Marco Borggreve
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A dystopian police state for Reisopera's new Tosca

By , 06 November 2018
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Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee © Ronald Knapp
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Brownlee and Spyres at the Concertgebouw: so much more than vocal jousting

By , 31 October 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Adriane White
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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in symphonically lustrous Weill

By , 18 October 2018
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Anna Tsygankova (Marguerite) and James Stout (Armand) © Marc Haegeman
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A heartfelt Dame aux camélias at Dutch National Ballet

By , 15 October 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
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An unfussy, memorable War Requiem from Noseda and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

By , 11 October 2018
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Evelyn Herlitzius (Kostelnička) and Annette Dasch (Jenůfa) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

“Soap opera at its best”: Katie Mitchell's Jenůfa at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 October 2018
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Stéphane Denève © SWR | Villa Berg
Amsterdam

An intense Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

By , 27 September 2018
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Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
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In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

By , 12 September 2018
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Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
Amsterdam

Fiery, formidable Boris Godunov at the Concertgebouw

By , 08 September 2018
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Emmanuel Pahud © Josef Fischnaller
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Roth, Pahud and the Gurzenich deliver an evening of high drama in Amsterdam

By , 11 July 2018
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Sasha Mukhamedov & James Stout © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

Touching Tristan and Isolde enthrals Holland festival audience

By , 13 June 2018
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Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Amsterdam

Superb, sinister Tales of Hoffmann at Dutch National Opera

By , 03 June 2018
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Shut Eye © Rahi Rezvani
Amsterdam

NDT's Savoir Faire programme is a feast of virtuosi dances

By , 24 May 2018
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Florian Schuele and Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Vitellia) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Beautiful but infuriating: the Currentzis-Sellar Clemenza in Amsterdam

By , 07 May 2018
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Andrea Marcon © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

Starry performance can’t quite lift Caldara’s Planets to the skies in Amsterdam

By , 28 April 2018
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Junior Company and Ish dancers in Grimm © Michel Schnater
Amsterdam

ISH and Dutch National Junior's Grimm is a crowd pleaser

By , 22 April 2018
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Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar) © DNO 2018
Amsterdam

Spectacular Gurrelieder revived at Dutch National Opera

By , 18 April 2018
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Alexandria Marx & Michele Esposito in Fingers in the Air © Michel Schnater
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Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Dutch National Ballet Junior Company

By , 15 April 2018
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Yuanyuan Zhang & Martin ten Kortenaar in Impermanence © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

New and exciting collaborations in Dutch Doubles by the Dutch National Ballet

By , 24 March 2018
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Kacper Szelążek (Bacco) © Ruth Walz
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Dutch National Opera successfully resurrects La morte d’Orfeo

By , 23 March 2018
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Sebastià Peris i Marco (Sam) and Turiya Haudenhuyse (Dinah) © Hans van den Bogaard
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Trouble in Tahiti and Clemency make an intriguing Dutch National double bill

By , 22 March 2018
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Mamadou Ndiaye; Lenneke Ruiten (La Mort) © DNO 2018 | Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Musically superlative Das Floß der Medusa at Dutch National Opera

By , 13 March 2018
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Erika Simons (Antigona) © Jörg Landsberg
Amsterdam

Traetta's Antigona a forceful Baroque drama in Amsterdam

By , 10 February 2018
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Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

The Rake’s Progress in the here and now at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 February 2018
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Stephen Gould (Tristan), Ricarda Merbeth (Isolde) © DNO 2018
Amsterdam

Tristan und Isolde smoulders at Dutch National Opera

By , 18 January 2018
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Venera Gimadieva © Leonid Semenyuk
Amsterdam

A magical Golden Cockerel at the Concertgebouw

By , 16 December 2017
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Introdans in Angel Rodriguez's Nine Words © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

A colourful ode to chairs by Introdans in So You Think You Can Stoelendans

By , 03 December 2017
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Sergey Romanovsky (Rodolfo) and Eleanora Buratto (Mimì) © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

Dutch National Opera revives a musically gorgeous La bohème

By , 01 December 2017
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Ausrine Stundyte (Bianca) and John Lundgren (Simone) © Matthias Baus
Amsterdam

Death in Florence: Zemlinsky and Puccini explore related themes at Dutch National Opera

By , 14 November 2017
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Daniele Gatti © Pablo Faccinetto
Amsterdam

Wasting no time: Daniele Gatti's Brahms and Beethoven with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

By , 03 November 2017
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La clemenza di Tito © Hans Hijmering
Amsterdam

Paula Murrihy a fantastic Sesto in Concertgebouw Clemenza

By , 18 October 2017
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Dancers of Dutch National Ballet in Mata Hari © Marc Haegeman
Amsterdam

Dutch National Ballet's reprise of Mata Hari is a well-timed success

By , 17 October 2017
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Franco Fagioli (Eliogabalo) © Ruth Walz | DNO
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Eliogabalo’s dark carnival in Amsterdam

By , 12 October 2017
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NDT in Leon and Lightfoot's Sisters © Rahi Rezvani
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Pure dance in Side A: Split into one by Nederlands Dans Theater I

By , 28 September 2017
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Conductor James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
Amsterdam

Thrilling singing in Simon Boccanegra at the Concertgebouw

By , 16 September 2017
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Maia Makhateli and Daniel Camargo in 5 Tangos © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

Ode to the Master: van Manen bill in Amsterdam

By , 15 September 2017
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Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay | Erato
Amsterdam

Diana Damrau puts the sparkle into the RCO’s Opening Night in Amsterdam

By , 14 September 2017
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Het Nationale Ballet in the Grand Defile © Michel Schnater
Amsterdam

Summer's over, and Ballet's back in Amsterdam

By , 12 September 2017
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Eva-Maria Westbroek (Leonora) James Creswell (Il marchese di Calatrava) and the DNO Chorus © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Solid La forza del destino opens Dutch National Opera season

By , 09 September 2017
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Renée Fleming © Andrew Eccles | Decca
Amsterdam

A late summer's night with Renée Fleming in Amsterdam

By , 28 August 2017
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Aleksandar Marković © Vladimir Miloradovic
Amsterdam

Wrong rep sinks opera evening at the Concertgebouw

By , 12 July 2017
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John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Amsterdam

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra plays the Best of Bernstein

By , 07 July 2017
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Florian Boesch and Franui © Lukas Beck
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Funeral fun with Franui at the Holland Festival

By , 21 June 2017
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Malin Byström (Salome) © BAUS
Amsterdam

Beautiful role debut for Malin Byström in Amsterdam Salome

By , 09 June 2017
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The Gashouder © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Immersive Monteverdi: Vespers in 360-degree surround

By , 04 June 2017
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Babylon © Hans van der Woerd
Amsterdam

Stenz conducts an impressive Babylon at the Holland Festival

By , 03 June 2017
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Radu Lupu © Pekka Saarinen
Amsterdam

Radu Lupu delivers assured performance at the Concertgebouw

By , 28 May 2017
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Nathanael Tavernier (Plutone) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Audi’s Madrigals in Amsterdam: a sensorial experience

By , 17 May 2017
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