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DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA’S 2018-19 SEASON

Pierre Audi's valedictory season in Amsterdam

Girls of the Golden West © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Stepping down after 30 years as DNO Artistic Director, Audi unveils a season bursting with new productions from Donizetti to Stockhausen.
Dutch National Opera’s 2017-18 season

A wealth of new productions at DNO

Tristan und Isolde at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées © Vincent Pontet
DNO unveils an astonishing eleven new productions next season – either completely new or co-productions which are new to Amsterdam  – with just three revivals.
« The magic of this performance was that although it was a totally site-specific conception, it managed to achieve such universality, transcending even Monteverdi’s original visions of the piece in a cathedral. It was an immersive and spiritual experience, and some of its visual and sonic images will surely remain with me for a long time. »
Nahoko Gotoh, January 2017
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AmsterdamDon Quichotte

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

AmsterdamDas Floss der MedusaNew Production

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

AmsterdamWe Shall Not Be Moved

Roumain: We Shall Not Be Moved
Viswa Subbaraman; Bill T Jones; Dutch National Opera; Matt Saunders; Liz Prince; Kirstin Chávez; Adam Richardson

AmsterdamTrouble in Tahiti/ ClemencyNew Production

Trouble in Tahiti/ Clemency
Bernstein, MacMillan
Duncan Ward; Ted Huffman; Dutch National Opera; Nederlands Kamerorkest

AmsterdamLa morte d'OrfeoNew Production

La morte d'Orfeo
Landi: La morte d'Orfeo
Christophe Rousset; Pierre Audi; Dutch National Opera; Les Talens Lyriques
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The Rake’s Progress in the here and now at Dutch National Opera

Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Virtuoso modern stagecraft and a fine cast combine in a very enjoyable, present-day Rake’s Progress.
****1
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Tristan und Isolde smoulders at Dutch National Opera

Stephen Gould (Tristan), Ricarda Merbeth (Isolde) © DNO 2018
A strong cast, a lyrically simmering orchestra and lucid staging make this a Tristan und Isolde to treasure.
****1
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A musically gorgeous Bohème in Amsterdam

Sergey Romanovsky (Rodolfo) and Eleanora Buratto (Mimì) © Marco Borggreve
Gifted conductor Andrea Battistoni and a vocally seductive cast made this revival of Benedict Andrews’s flawed La bohème a musical triumph.
****1
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Death in Florence: Zemlinsky and Puccini at DNO

Ausrine Stundyte (Bianca) and John Lundgren (Simone) © Matthias Baus
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.
****1
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Eliogabalo’s dark carnival in Amsterdam

Franco Fagioli (Eliogabalo) © Ruth Walz | DNO
Cappella Mediterranea blows life into Eliogabalo’s dark carnival as imagined by Thomas Jolly.
***11
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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.