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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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Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

By , 12 September 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Amsterdam

Eliogabalo’s dark carnival in Amsterdam

By , 12 October 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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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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Malin Byström (Salome) © BAUS
Amsterdam

Beautiful role debut for Malin Byström in Amsterdam Salome

By , 09 June 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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Luca Salsi (Rigoletto) © Clärchen & Matthias Baus
Amsterdam

Rigoletto is mad but the singing is fine at Dutch National Opera

By , 09 May 2017
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Jozef Varga (Onegin) and Anna Tsygankova (Tatiana) © Marc Haegeman
Amsterdam

Dutch National Ballet dances Cranko's Onegin

By , 29 March 2017
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Christopher Maltman (Wozzeck) and Sir Willard White (The Doctor) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Ugly and brilliant: Wozzeck at Dutch National Opera

By , 18 March 2017
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Concerto Concordia © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

Modern Ballet at its current best, Made in Amsterdam 2

By , 12 February 2017
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Romance (Ton Simons) © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

Contemplative and powerful evening of entertainment; Made in Amsterdam 1

By , 11 February 2017
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Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor) © BAUS
Amsterdam

Finding release among the poppy fields: Dmitri Tcherniakov's powerful Prince Igor reaches Amsterdam

By , 07 February 2017
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Lenneke Ruiten (Konstanze) © Michel Schnater
Amsterdam

The Abduction from the Seraglio a soprano vehicle at Dutch National Opera

By , 13 January 2017
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Igone de Jongh (Swanhilde) and Daniel Camargo (Franz) © Marc Haegeman
Amsterdam

Layers of pink and brilliant performances in Dutch National Ballet's Coppelia

By , 10 December 2016
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Christopher Ventris (Parsifal), Petra Lang (Kundry) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Audi's spectacular Parsifal at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 December 2016
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Richard Croft (Jephtha) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Starkly powerful Jephtha at Dutch National Opera

By , 09 November 2016
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Peter Hoare (Dancing Master), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Manon) and Alain Coulombe (Geronte de Revoir) © Bernd Uhlig
Amsterdam

Andrea Breth's Manon Lescaut abandoned in a chilly Louisiana desert at Dutch National Opera

By , 10 October 2016
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Four Last Songs © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

Romantic late summer dancing: Dutch Masters open the season in Amsterdam

By , 14 September 2016
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Alex Esposito (Figaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Choice cast in bonbon-box Marriage of Figaro at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 September 2016
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Amor Vincit Omniat, Peter Lueng © Altin Kaftira
Amsterdam

New Moves 2016: Young choreographers of Dutch National Ballet

By , 24 June 2016
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Still from The Creation © Wonge Bergmann Ruhrtriennale (2015)
Amsterdam

Haydn's Creation not quite a Big Bang at Holland Festival

By , 13 June 2016
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The Year of the Rabbit © Hans Gerritsen
Amsterdam

Dutch National Ballet's “Transatlantic”: an energetic summer finale

By , 11 June 2016
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Vladimir Stoyanov (Yeletsky) and Chorus © Monika Forster | Dutch National Opera
Amsterdam

Caged bird: Tchaikovsky stars in Herheim's remarkable Pique Dame at Dutch National Opera

By , 09 June 2016
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Adrian Sâmpetrean (Leporello) and Christopher Maltman (Don Giovanni) © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

Total theatre: Don Giovanni at Dutch National Opera

By , 07 May 2016
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Igone de Jongh (Juliette) and James Stout (Roméo) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

A distant universe: Dutch National Opera and Ballet share the stage in Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette

By , 15 April 2016
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Apollon musagète: Sasha Mukhamedov, Artur Shesterikov, Floor Eimers, Wen Ting Guan © Angela Sterling
Amsterdam

Dutch National Ballet shows beauty and timelessness of Balanchine's choreography in Best of Balanchine

By , 25 March 2016
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Philippe Jaroussky (Tennin/Angel), Davone Tines (Fisherman) and Nora Kimball-Mentzos (Dance) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Saariaho's fascinating phantasmagoria: Only the Sound Remains in Amsterdam

By , 15 March 2016
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Dimitry Ivashchenko (Ivan Khovansky) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Loy's minimalist staging clarifies Khovanshchina in Amsterdam

By , 27 February 2016
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Anna Tsygankova and Jozef Varga © Marc Haegeman
Amsterdam

Dutch National Ballet premieres Dutch dance drama Mata Hari

By , 06 February 2016
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Luca Tittoto (Il Re di Scozia) and Anett Fritsch (Ginevra) © Clärchen & Matthias Baus
Amsterdam

Amsterdam Ariodante convinces as village psychodrama

By , 17 January 2016
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Hendrickje van Kerckhove (The Sandman) © Marco Borggreve | Dutch National Opera
Amsterdam

Dutch National Opera's Hänsel und Gretel from the favela both delights and disturbs

By , 03 December 2015
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Drew Santini (Husband) and Hrafnhildur Adnadóttir (Thérèse) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Dynamic and fun-packed Mamelles de Tirésias in Amsterdam

By , 25 November 2015
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Sally Matthews (Blanche de la Force) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Robert Carsen’s shattering Dialogues des carmélites returns to Amsterdam for a last time

By , 07 November 2015
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Eva-Maria Westbroek © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Dutch National Opera toasts its 50th birthday

By , 06 November 2015
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Carmen Giannattasio (Leonora) and Simone Piazzola (Il conte di Luna) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Àlex Ollé's dark Great War Trovatore at Dutch National Opera

By , 08 October 2015
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Twilight © Angela Sterling
Amsterdam

Dutch National Ballet presents the best of Hans van Manen with Live

By , 12 September 2015
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