Guide to Dutch National Opera and Ballet

Dutch National Opera’s 2017-18 season

A wealth of new productions at DNO

DNO unveils an astonishing eleven new productions next season – either completely new or co-productions which are new to Amsterdam  – with just three revivals.
« Only the best can make this look easy. The synergy is in large part due to the excellent accompaniment by Dutch National Ballet’s own orchestra Holland Symfonia through its principal guest conductor Ermanno Florio. »
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Dutch National Opera © David Karlin
Dutch National Opera
© David Karlin
January 2018
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AmsterdamTristan und IsoldeNew Production

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Marc Albrecht; Pierre Audi; Dutch National Opera; Christof Hetzer; Stephen Gould; Günther Groissböck

AmsterdamThe Rake's ProgressNew Production

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
Ivor Bolton; Simon McBurney; Dutch National Opera; Michael Levine; Christina Cunningham; Paul Appleby; Julia Bullock

AmsterdamDon Quichotte

Minkus: Don Quixote
Marius Petipa; Alexei Ratmansky; Dutch National Ballet; Marzio Conti; Jérôme Kaplan

AmsterdamDas Floss der MedusaNew Production

Henze: Das Floss der Medusa (The Raft of the Medusa)
Ingo Metzmacher; Romeo Castellucci; Dutch National Opera; Lenneke Ruiten; Bo Skovhus

AmsterdamTrouble in Tahiti/ ClemencyNew Production

Bernstein, MacMillan
Duncan Ward; Ted Huffman; Dutch National Opera; Nederlands Kamerorkest
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A musically gorgeous Bohème in Amsterdam

Gifted conductor Andrea Battistoni and a vocally seductive cast made this revival of Benedict Andrews’s flawed La bohème a musical triumph.
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Death in Florence: Zemlinsky and Puccini at DNO

An unlikely coupling of one-act operas by Zemlinsky and Puccini bears fruit in a staging that reveals their thematic parallels while leaving their obvious differences on show.
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Eliogabalo’s dark carnival in Amsterdam

Cappella Mediterranea blows life into Eliogabalo’s dark carnival as imagined by Thomas Jolly.
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Solid La forza del destino opens Dutch National Opera season

An able cast sings in Christof Loy’s non-interventionist and insightful production of Verdi’s panoramic tragedy, conducted with vivid detail by Michele Mariotti.
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Beautiful role debut for Malin Byström in Amsterdam Salome

In an elegant new production by Ivo van Hove, Malin Byström portrays a graceful, erotic Salome and the RCO play with sensuous lyricism under Daniele Gatti.
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Dutch National Opera is known for its diverse programming, from classic to contemporary operas, and for the reliably outstanding quality of its performances. With innovative productions, specially-composed works and a fresh approach to the standard repertoire, Dutch National Opera ensures the longevity of this splendid art form. With Pierre Audi as its artistic director and now, following the merger, as director of Dutch National Opera, the company has garnered worldwide recognition and its new productions invariably attract widespread attention. In 2013 DNO won the international Opera Award for the best production of the year.

The company was founded shortly after the Second World War and developed from a repertory company to a ‘stagione’ company. This means that Dutch National Opera does not have a full-time ensemble and that it stages an average of one opera per month, for which guest soloists and separate artistic teams are brought in.

Dutch National Opera does have its own full-time chorus, made up of fifty-six professional singers. The Chorus is considered one of the finest in Europe and was nominated for the best choral performance of the year in 2013. For most of its productions, DNO works with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. The chief conductor is Marc Albrecht.

Most of DNO’s productions can be seen in National Opera & Ballet, but performances are also held in other venues, among them the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg, Royal Theatre Carré, the Westergasfabriek or the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. Many of DNO’s operas continue to attract the attention of, and invitations from, international opera houses and festivals. Co-productions with renowned companies such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Opéra de Paris or the Teatro alla Scala in Milan are now regular partnerships.

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