Dutch National Opera creates and performs dramatic musical art, focusing on quality, diversity and innovation. This is expressed by taking a fresh approach to the opera classics, rediscovering repertoire that has seldom been performed and creating brand-new operas. Come and be inspired in our theatre, where you will be given a warm welcome.
Dutch National Opera’s success is largely due to the Chorus of the Dutch National Opera, which numbers 60 singers. Let us introduce them to you.
Behind the Scenes
From complete sets to costumes, and from special effects to wigs; practically everything is produced in our own workshops. Watch some behind-the-scenes videos here.
The Dutch National Opera is the largest opera company in the Netherlands. These are the members of our artistic and musical staff. (Biographies will be available in English soon).
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A rich history
1946 Foundation Dutch Opera
The 'Foundation Dutch Opera' is established, a repertoire company with a permanent ensemble. The company, als known as 'Opera', tours through the entire country. Paul Cronheim (photo) is in charge of the company until 1951.
1949 Orfeo ed Euridice
Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck is performed on 24 June during the Holland Festival. Musical director is Pierre Monteux; Kathleen Ferrier sings the lead role.
1964 Dutch Opera Foundation
The company is renamed ‘Dutch Opera Foundation’ and adopts a stagione orientation, inviting different soloists and artistic teams for each new production. The Belgian Maurice Huisman is appointed intendant.
The controversial Reconstruction - a morality, by a collective from Louis Andriessen, Hugo Claus, Reinbert de Leeuw, Misha Mengelberg, Harry Mulisch, Peter Schat and Jan van Vlijmen, premieres June 29th.
1971 Hans de Roo and Cristina Deutekom
Hans de Roo becomes intendant. De Roo paved the way for the Dutch diva Cristina Deutekom and is credited with the ‘discovery’ of singers such as Catherine Malfitano, Gabriela Benackova, Neil Shicoff and Frederica von Stade, who would later become world-class operatic names.
1976 Appreciation Hans de Roo
The Dutch Opera Foundation is awarded the Association of Dutch Theatre Critics Prize. The jury praises Hans de Roo’s artistic policy during the previous five seasons.
1986 De Nederlandse Opera
The Dutch Opera Foundation changes its name to De Nederlandse Opera (DNO) and moves from the Stadsschouwburg to the new Muziektheater building where, with Jan van Vlijmen as intendant and Hartmut Haenchen as music director, a new adventure begins.
1986 Hartmut Haenchen
Hartmut Haenchen becomes the music director of De Nederlandse Opera and the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest. His Strauss, Wagner and Mahler interpretations are renowned. He remains in the position until 1999 and returns many times as guest-conductor for Der Ring des Nibelungen amongst others.
1987 Jan van Vlijmen
Jan van Vlijmen resigns his post as director, arguing that the government’s proposed financial support is insufficient to guarantee artistic quality.
1987 Truze Lodder
Truze Lodder is appointed administrative director. During her 25-year tenure, DNO grows into one of the world’s prominent and trend-setting opera companies.
1988 Pierre Audi
Pierre Audi is named artistic director of DNO. As a stage director at De Nederlandse Opera, Pierre Audi collaborates with visual artists such as Jannis Kounellis, Georg Baselitz and Karel Appel.
Pierre Audi's Monteverdi-cycle premieres. The cycle will be on stage regularly until 2007 and with that, put the baroque opera back in the spotlight.
1997 Der Ring des Nibelungen
Pierre Audi’s staging of Der Ring des Nibelungen (Richard Wagner) is premiered this year. Audi’s artistic partners for this cycle include George Tsypin (decor) and Jean Kalman (lighting).
1999 Edo de Waart
Hartmut Haenchen concludes his career as chief-conductor. Edo de Waart becomes the new chief-conductor.
2004 Ingo Metzmacher
Chief conductor Edo de Waart is replaced by Ingo Metzmacher. Robin de Raaff composes the opera Raaff on a commission from De Nederlandse Opera.
2005 Robert Zuidam
Robert Zuidam’s opera Rage d'amours is premiered on 17 June under the musical leadership of Reinbert de Leeuw.
2006 Michel van der Aa
On 2 June 2006, After Life by Michel van der Aa has its world premiere in the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.
2008 Ingo Metzmacher
Ingo Metzmacher departs as chief conductor.
2009 Johannes Vermeer Prijs
Pierre Audi accepts the first Johannes Vermeer Prize in October. Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk has instigated the prize to recognize and reward exceptional artistic talent.
2011 Marc Albrecht
Marc Albrecht is the new chief conductor of De Nederlandse Opera as well as of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra when Het Muziektheater Amsterdam celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary
2013 Els van der Plas
The new organisation kicks off on 1 January, but without a common name for the moment. Els van der Plas is the managing director, Ted Brandsen is the director of ballet and Pierre Audi is the director of opera.
2013 Pierre Audi
Pierre Audi is, at the time of the merge to Dutch National Opera & Ballet, artistic director opera for 25 years. At that moment, he has made 38 new stagings for the company and is responsible for 180 new productions on stage as company manager.
2014 Dutch National Opera & Ballet
From 17 February, Dutch National Ballet is part of the triumvirate called Dutch National Opera & Ballet. The company will continue to operate under the name Dutch National Ballet.
Whilst preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary at the end of 2015, Dutch National Opera (formerly De Nederlandse Opera) is proud to launch its first season together with Dutch National Ballet. National Opera & Ballet is the home of both production companies, sharing the word National from now on in their names, helping to make their merger clear whilst respecting their individual identities.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet offer two free Social Seats each month: all you have to do is use your social media!