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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AmsterdamWozzeckNew Production

Berg: Wozzeck
Marc Albrecht; Krzysztof Warlikowski; Dutch National Opera; Małgorzata Szczęśniak; Christopher Maltman; Marcel Beekman

AmsterdamThe New PrinceWorld Première

Fairouz: The New Prince
Steven Sloane; Lotte de Beer; Dutch National Opera; Clement & Sanou; Nathan Gunn; Karin Strobos

AmsterdamOnegin

Tchaikovsky: Onegin
John Cranko; Dutch National Ballet; Ermanno Florio; Dutch Ballet Orchestra

AmsterdamA Dog's Heart

Raskatov: A Dog's Heart
Martyn Brabbins; Simon McBurney; Dutch National Opera; Michael Levine; Christina Cunningham; Sergei Leiferkus; Ville Rusanen

UtrechtBest of Balanchine

Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Gottschalk
George Balanchine; Dutch National Ballet; Andrea Quinn; Dutch Ballet Orchestra
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Ugly and brilliant: Wozzeck at Dutch National Opera

Clarity and mounting horror in the orchestra pit, the full truth and ugliness of the human condition onstage. Dutch National Opera’s new production of Wozzeck is stomach-churning for all the right reasons.
*****
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Finding release among the poppy fields

Tcherniakov's moving production delves into the psychological rather than revelling in the spectacular. 
****1
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DNO's Abduction a soprano vehicle for Lenneke Ruiten

The revival of this nine-year-old production feels dated, but its three Rs – Ruiten, Rose and Rhorer – make it a worthwhile evening.
***11
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Audi's spectacular Parsifal at DNO

With its monumental sets designed by Anish Kapoor, Pierre Audi’s abstract Parsifal at Dutch National Opera is spectacular, led by the excellent Christopher Ventris, with Günther Groissböck shining in his role debut as Gurnemanz. 
****1
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Starkly powerful Jephtha at Dutch National Opera

Concerto Köln, honed to perfection, and an accomplished cast star in Claus Guth's tense, dark staging of Handel's Jephtha. 
****1
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Biography

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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looking back at the 2015/16 season

Reaching 50: Dutch National Opera

Dutch National Opera notches up its half century this year. Yet despite reaching its 50th anniversary, it is still in many ways a young company, with an exciting season ahead.