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Venue: Dutch National Opera and Ballet, Amsterdam

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AddressWaterlooplein 22
Amsterdam
North Holland
Netherlands
Google maps52° 22' 1.501" N 4° 54' 5.635" E
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AmsterdamGurre-Lieder

Gurre-Lieder
Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
Marc Albrecht; Pierre Audi; Dutch National Opera; Christof Hetzer; Burkhard Fritz; Emily Magee

AmsterdamGrimm

Grimm
Grimm
Ernst Meisner; Dutch National Ballet's Junior Company

AmsterdamLa clemenza di TitoNew Production

La clemenza di Tito
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Teodor Currentzis; Peter Sellars; Dutch National Opera; George Tsypin; Robby Duiveman; Russell Thomas; Golda Schultz

AmsterdamLittle Dog's Heart

Little Dog's Heart
van Geel: Little Dog's Heart
Marcel Sijm; Dutch National Opera; Roel van Berckelaer; Esmee Thomassen

AmsterdamLes Contes d'HoffmannNew Production

Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann)
Carlo Rizzi; Tobias Kratzer; Dutch National Opera; Rainer Sellmaier; John Osborn; Nina Minasyan

AmsterdamTristan + Isolde

Tristan + Isolde
Brzóska: Tristan + Isolde
David Dawson; Dutch National Ballet; Matthew Rowe; Eno Henze; Yumiko Takeshima

AmsterdamLessons in Love and ViolenceNew Production

Lessons in Love and Violence
Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence
George Benjamin; Katie Mitchell; Dutch National Opera; Vicki Mortimer; Stéphane Degout; Barbara Hannigan

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
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Exciting collaborations in Dutch Doubles

Yuanyuan Zhang & Martin ten Kortenaar in Impermanence © Hans Gerritsen
Ballet and pop music meet in a new work by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and other exciting collaborations by Ernst Meisner, Hans van Manen and Wubkje Kuindersma
***11
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Musically superlative Das Floß der Medusa at DNO

Mamadou Ndiaye; Lenneke Ruiten (La Mort) © DNO 2018 | Monika Rittershaus
Ingo Metzmacher leads a musically formidable performance of Hans Werner Henze’s shipwreck oratorio. Romeo Castellucci’s staging engages the senses but remains emotionally distant.
****1
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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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DNB reprises Mata Hari

Dancers of Dutch National Ballet in Mata Hari © Marc Haegeman
The story of Mata Hari is a hot topic, now maybe more than ever, and Dutch National Ballet's strong reprise of Ted Brandsen's 2016 ballet comes at the right time.
*****
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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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