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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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AmsterdamDer Zwerg (The Dwarf)

Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg (The Dwarf)
Lorenzo Viotti; Nanouk Leopold; Dutch National Opera; Leopold Emmen; Wojciech Dziedzic; James Farncombe; Olga Kulchynska

AmsterdamMissa in tempore belli

Haydn: Mass no. 10 in C major, "Paukenmesse” (In Time of War), Hob XXII:9
Juanjo Arqués; Dutch National Ballet; Lorenzo Viotti; Barbora Horáková

AmsterdamToer: Lucifer Studies and 7th SymphonyWorld premiere

Franssens, Beethoven
Toer van Schayk; Dutch National Ballet; Matthew Rowe; Dutch National Ballet Orchestra
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AmsterdamMetamorphosisWorld premiere

Glass: Metamorphosis
David Dawson; Dutch National Ballet; Eddie Grundy; Bert Dalhuysen; Altin Kaftira

AmsterdamYoung Creatives

Górecki, Various, Wes
Wubkje Kuindersma; MIlena Sidorova; Sedrig Verwoert; Dutch National Ballet

MaastrichtL'elisir d'amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Enrico Delamboye; Marcos Darbyshire; De Nederlandse Reisopera; Amber Vandenhoeck; Luis F Carvalho; Glen D'haenens; Julietta Aleksanyan
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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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Cinderella's pink dream: La Cenerentola in Amsterdam

At Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Laurent Pelly stages Cenenrentola as a pink daydream.
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