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Guide to Dutch National Opera and Ballet

« 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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AmsterdamDie Zauberflöte

Die Zauberflöte
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Antonello Manacorda; Simon McBurney; Dutch National Opera; Michael Levine; Nicky Gillibrand; Dimitry Ivashchenko; Stanislas de Barbeyrac

AmsterdamGala

Gala
Tchaikovsky, Chopin
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Rudi van Dantzig; Dutch National Ballet; Dutch National Ballet's Junior Company; Koen Kessels; Het Balletorkest; Students of the Dutch National Ballet Academy

AmsterdamThe New ClassicsNew production

The New Classics
Chopin, Bernstein, Talbot
Jerome Robbins; Alexei Ratmansky; Wayne McGregor; Dutch National Ballet; Matthew Rowe; Het Balletorkest; Noé Inui

AmsterdamJenůfaNew production

Jenůfa
Janáček: Jenůfa
Tomáš Netopil; Katie Mitchell; Dutch National Opera; Lizzie Clachan; Annette Dasch; Evelyn Herlitzius

AmsterdamLa Dame aux camélias

La Dame aux camélias
Chopin: La Dame aux camélias
John Neumeier; Dutch National Ballet; Ermanno Florio; Jürgen Rose
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A superb, sinister Hoffmann at Dutch National Opera

Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Selectively unearthed from current critical editions, this fabulously performed new Hoffmann plumbs the murky depths of its antihero’s psyche.
*****
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A beautiful but infuriating Clemenza in Amsterdam

Florian Schuele and Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Vitellia) © Ruth Walz
The transfer of last year's Clemenza di Tito from Salzburg delights and irritates in equal measure.
***11
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Spectacular Gurrelieder revived at Dutch National Opera

Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar) © DNO 2018
An exemplary cast, an opulent orchestra and unforgettable images in Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder.
****1
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Dutch National Opera successfully resurrects La morte d’Orfeo

Kacper Szelążek (Bacco) © Ruth Walz
In a successfully streamlined staging, Stefano Landi’s obscure, overpopulated opera got the royal treatment by a superior cast and orchestra.
****1
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An intriguing Dutch National double bill

Sebastià Peris i Marco (Sam) and Turiya Haudenhuyse (Dinah) © Hans van den Bogaard
What is the link between Bernstein’s criticism of American consumerism and MacMillan's biblical tale?
***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.