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Performer: Dutch National Opera


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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AmsterdamLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Andrea Battistoni; Tatjana Gürbaca; Dutch National Opera; Henrik Ahr; Barbara Drosihn; Stefan Bolliger; Mané Galoyan

AmsterdamThe Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Wayne Eagling; Toer van Schayk; Dutch National Ballet; Fayçal Karoui; Dutch National Ballet Orchestra

AmsterdamLe lacrime di Eros

Various: Le lacrime di Eros
Raphaël Pichon; Romeo Castellucci; Dutch National Opera; Huw Montague Rendall; Mariana Flores; Lucile Richardot; Zachary Wilder
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AmsterdamDie ersten MenschenNew production

Stephan: Die ersten Menschen
François-Xavier Roth; Calixto Bieito; Dutch National Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Michael Bauer; Kyle Ketelsen

AmsterdamDas Rheingold (2014)

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Hartmut Haenchen; Pierre Audi; Dutch National Opera; George Tsypin; Eiko Ishioka; Wolfgang Göbbel; Robby Duiveman

AmsterdamDer Zwerg (The Dwarf)

Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg (The Dwarf)
Lorenzo Viotti; Nanouk Leopold; Dutch National Opera; Leopold Emmen; Wojciech Dziedzic; James Farncombe; Lenneke Ruiten
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Don Giovanni “dans un bois (not so) solitaire” at Dutch National Opera

Claus Guth’s Don Giovanni returns to Amsterdam with an almost entirely new cast with strong leads by Seth Carico and Adrian Sâmpetrean. 
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A cinematic Seven Deadly Sins from Dutch National Opera

Director Ola Mafaalani has created an absorbing and completely cinematic version of the opera, combining stationary and handheld cameras to create a pictorial variety of perspectives and expressionistic framing
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DNO brings off a Covid-adapted Figaro with brilliance

Shortened and simplified to adapt to restrictions, David Bösch's 2016 production succeeds in bringing Mozart's brilliant opera to a modern setting with a splendid cast of singers.
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Confusing and evocative: Faust [working title] in Amsterdam

DNO's new production is an inspiring opera spectacular.
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A monolithic Nabucco at Dutch National Opera

A promising cast on paper is scuppered by a banal, monotonous production and uninspired conducting.
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Rodelinda hits all the marks at Dutch National Opera

A veritable Baroque bonanza featuring a top-tier cast and orchestra in an emotionally incisive and handsomely crafted production.
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