GENERAL DIRECTOR Els VAN DER PLAS is leaving03 July '20
General Director Els van der Plas is leaving Dutch National Opera & Ballet on 1 November. She will become the business manager of the Bonnefanten museum in Maastricht.
MOUTH CAPS MADE FROM ORIGINAL FABRICS FROM OPERA PRODUCTIONS02 June '20
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Corona update: management decides to continue paying freelancers06 May '20
The management of National Opera & Ballet (NO&B) recently decided to continue paying freelancers, with a maximum monthly amount, until the end of this season (end of June).
Sir Peter Jonas (73) passed away
It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Sir Peter Jonas on 22 April 2020.
Conductor, composer and pianist Reinbert de Leeuw (81) has died
Reinbert de Leeuw has died at the age of 81 in his hometown Amsterdam. From the late 1960s onwards, De Leeuw frequently directed productions at Dutch National Opera.
German opera director Harry Kupfer (84) has died
German director Harry Kupfer has died at the age of 84 in his hometown Berlin.
Aus LICHT voted 'Opera of the Year 2019'
The three-day Stockhausen cycle aus LICHT, a production by Dutch National Opera, Holland Festival and the Koninklijk Conservatorium, has scored very well on the end-of-year lists of the pr
Conductor Mariss Jansons (76) has passed
Dutch National Opera mourns the loss of Mariss Jansons, who passed in his home in St. Petersburg on 1 December.
DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA WINS DIAPASON D’OR DE L’ANNÉE 2019
Prestigious French award for recording of the opera L’Étoile directed by Laurent Pelly.
DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARD
In the category ‘Best Opera Recording’ for Wozzeck with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Nicholas Till to hold Pierre Audi Chair in Music Theatre and Opera
Nicholas Till, internationally renowned professor of Opera Studies, will, as of November 2019, hold the first Music Theatre and Opera Chair in the Netherlands. Till will combine the chair at the UvA with his professorship at the University of Sussex.
Fin de partie World premiere of the year
Dutch National Opera has received the title 'World premiere of the year' for the opera Fin de partie by the Hungarian composer György Kurtág.
Lorenzo Viotti conducts verismo double bill
Conductor Lorenzo Viotti will be making his debut with Dutch National Opera earlier than planned, replacing Sir Mark Elder in the verismo double bill Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana.
Marc Albrecht 'Conductor of the Year'
Marc Albrecht, chief conductor of Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, was crowned best conductor in the world at the prestigious 2019 International Opera Awards.
LORENZO VIOTTI APPOINTED AS CHIEF CONDUCTOR
The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Dutch National Opera have appointed a new Chief Conductor: Lorenzo Viotti. The 29-year-old conductor with Swiss and French dual nationality will take over in the 2021-2022 season. Viotti takes over the baton from Marc Albrecht, who is stepping down at the end of next season.
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DAMIÀ CARBONELL NICOLAU APPOINTED HEAD OF ARTISTIC AFFAIRS AT DNO
The management of Dutch National Opera (DNO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Damià Carbonell Nicolau as head of Artistic Affairs at Dutch National Opera, effective from January 2019. He will succeed Jesús Iglesias Noriega, who has held this position since May 2012.
The new foyer
On your next visit to the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, you will notice that the interior looks different.
Stilt-walker wanted for Il barbiere di Siviglia
Nationale Opera & Ballet is, for the production
Il barbiere di Siviglia
searching a Stilt-walker (f)
Marc Albrecht leaves Amsterdam in 2020
Chief conductor leaves the Dutch National Opera and The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA LAUNCHES THE OPERA STUDIO
Dutch National Opera is introducing The Dutch National Opera Studio.
Salome on Radio 4, Saturday 24 June, 19.00 - 22.00
Saturday 24 June, you can hear Richard Strauss' Salome on NPO Radio 4. The broadcast starts at 19.00 on NTR Opera Live, and is presented
second Dutch Opera Design Award
The Dutch National Opera presents the second Dutch Opera Design Award.
Rigoletto on Radio 4, Saturday 27 May 19.00 - 23.00
Sophie de Lint appointed as director of Dutch National Opera
The Supervisory Board of Dutch National Opera & Ballet is very pleased to announce that Sophie de Lint (1974) will succeed Pierre Audi as director of Dutch National Opera as of 1 September 2018
Prins Igor on NPO Radio 4, 25 February, 19.00 - 23.00
Die Entführung aus dem Serail live on Radio 4, 21 January 19.00 - 23.00
Zaterdag 21 januari is de opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail van De Nationale Opera live te horen via Radio 4. Vanaf 19.00 uur kunt u luisteren naar NTR Opera Live. De presentatie is in handen van Hein van Eekert.
Parsifal live on Radio 4, 14 January 17.30 - 23.00
Saturday 14 January, you can hear Parsifal on NPO Radio 4. The broadcast starts at 17.30 on NTR Opera Live, and is presented by Hein van Eekert.
AUS LICHT (2019) – HIGHLIGHTS FROM STOCKHAUSEN’S MASTERPIECE
Worldpremiere June 2019 in the Gasholder, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
Elena Pankratova and Alexandra Petersamer will replace Petra Lang on the 9th of december
We regret to inform you Petra Lang, who is singing the role of Kundry, cannot perform tonight that due to illness.
Extras wanted for Prince Igor
For its production of Prince Igor, Dutch National Opera is looking for extras (m)
Jephtha live on Radio 4 on 14 November
Saturday 14 November, you can hear Jephtha LIVE on NPO Radio 4. The broadcast starts at 19.00 on NTR Opera Live, and is presented by Hein van Eekert.
Mythology: Lecture and Open Masterclass by Pierre Audi
Tuesday 1 November Pierre Audi, Director of Dutch National Opera will address the subject of Mythology in his work as a music theatre maker in a lecture.
MANON LESCAUT LIVE ON RADIO 4 ON 22 OCTOBER
Next Saturday you can hear Manon Lescaut LIVE on NPO Radio 4. The broadcast starts at 19.00 on NTR Opera Live, and is presented by Hein van Eekert.
DARIO FO (90) HAS PASSED AWAY
With great sadness, Dutch National Opera has learned of the death of the Italian playwright, actor, director and Nobel prize-winner Dario Fo.
CHORUS OF DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA NAMED CHORUS OF THE YEAR
Opernwelt selects Chorus of Dutch National Opera as best opera chorus of the past season
Moving Movements: livestream of the opera in Stedelijk museum
On the occasion of a retrospective about Jean Tinguely*, the Stedelijk Museum and Dutch National Opera are presenting a new opera: Bewogen Bewegen.
BUSSEMAKER’S PRINSJESDAG OUTFIT DESIGNED BY DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA & BALLET
On Prinsjesdag (20 September), Minister Jet Bussemaker will be wearing a creation designed by Robby Duiveman, director of the Costume, Wigs and Make-up department at Dutch National Opera & Ballet.
STEDELIJK MUSEUM & DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA: BEWOGEN BEWEGEN
On the occasion of a retrospective about Jean Tinguely, the Stedelijk Museum and Dutch National Opera are presenting a new opera: Bewogen Bewegen.
Opera Film performance of Pique Dame, 22 September on Waterlooplein
In collaboration with Dutch National Opera & Ballet, the Waterloopleinmarkt is presenting an open-air Opera Film performance of Pique Dame, Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece about gambling addiction and hidden desires.
Pierre Audi director of Dutch National Opera until September 2018
After exactly thirty years as director of Dutch National Opera, Pierre Audi will step down in September 2018, two seasons from now.
THEATRE OF THE WORLD RECEIVED WITH CHEERS IN LA
Theatre of the World had an impressive world premiere in Los Angeles at the beginning of May. The reactions of press and audiences promise great things for this Holland Festival production. Louis Andriessen’s THEATRE OF THE WORLD will be presented in Carré from 11 to 19 June!
DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA AWARDED 'OPERA COMPANY OF THE YEAR 2016'
The Dutch National Opera was crowned Opera Company of the Year 2016 at the International Opera Award Ceremony in London’s Savoy Theatre on Sunday night May 15.
MARC ALBRECHT RENEWS CONTRACT
Dutch National Opera and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra continue collaboration with principal conductor.
ENOA continues collaboration - supported by the EU
The European Network of Opera Academies (ENOA) is delighted to be able to continue its collaboration. Priding itself on five years of experience, the network will once again receive assistance from the EU Creative Europe Programme in providing support to young opera makers at the start of their international career, through customised training courses and by integrating them in the international recruitment circuits.
Nando Schellen has passed away
On Easter Monday, Nando Schellen passed away in Phoenix (Arizona). Schellen was the managing director of The Netherlands Opera from 1969 to 1986.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929-2016)
On the death of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Dutch National Opera would like to say a few words in remembrance of a pioneer of historical performance practice, who grew to become one of the most influenti
Pierre Audi on the passing of Winfried Maczewski
Winfried was no ordinary chorus master. He was a man embued with a deep artistic mission.
International acclaim for the CD of Waiting for Miss Monroe
On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, composer Robin de Raaff worked with librettist Janine Brogt on his second opera, Waiting for Miss Monroe, about the film idol of the fifties and early sixties.
Karel Appel’s opera sets in Cobra Museum
At the invitation of Pierre Audi, director of Dutch National Opera, Karel Appel (1921-2006) designed the sets for two operas, Die Zauberflöte and Noach, in 1994 and 1995. The Cobra Museum of Modern Art is collaborating with Dutch National Opera in retrieving the sets from storage and putting them in the spotlights again.
14 FEBRUARY 16.00 BENEFIT CONCERT FOR REFUGEES
On 14 February – Valentine’s Day, the day of love – the Obrechtkerk in Amsterdam is opening its doors on a big benefit concert in aid of Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland.
Dutch National Opera raises over €25,000 for KidsRights
On Wednesday 20 January, general manager Dutch National Opera & Ballet Els van der Plas announced that Dutch National Opera audiences had donated a sum of 25,772.85 Euros to the organisation KidsRights.
Pierre Boulez (1925-2016)
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Pierre Boulez on Tuesday 5 January.
Lotte de Beer wins Viva400 Award
Every year, the Viva400 lists 400 enterprising women who have made a difference that year within their professional field.
Anniversary book Si Può? on sale now!
The first copy of the anniversary book Si Può? 50 jaar De Nationale Opera was presented to Princess Beatrix on Friday 6 November.
‘Attend’ the Opera Gala on 6 November at home
Good news for everyone who cannot come on Friday 6 November to the Opera Gala on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Dutch National Opera!
5 questions for... Jennifer Larmore
Through social media a couple of questions have been asked to mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, who sings the rol of Gräfin Geschwitz in Lulu.
Presentation season 2015 - 2016!
It gives us great pleasure to present the 2015 - 2016 season of Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Dutch National Opera and Dutch National Ballet. Order your subscription now.
Dutch National Opera holds first Children’s Choir Festival
Sixteen children’s choirs, totalling 320 children, from all over the Netherlands, were guests of Dutch National Opera & Ballet
Dutch National Opera: nomination for Gurre-Lieder
Dutch National Opera’s production of Gurre-Lieder has been nominated for an International Opera Award 2015 in the category ‘New Production’.
December: NPO’s opera month
TV broadcasting station NTR and the digital theme channel NPO Cultura traditionally take opera as their theme for the month of December. This year’s highlight is Dutch National Opera’s production of Richard Wagner’s opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, directed by Pierre Audi and conducted by Hartmut Haenchen.
Dutch National Opera at KANTOR
The second edition of KANTOR will take place from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 November. Both Dutch National Ballet and Dutch National Opera are taking part in this 'Music, Performance, Art & Technology Weekend'.
Two nominations for Edison Klassiek
Two CDs by Dutch National Opera & Ballet (DNO) have been nominated for the Edison Klassiek in the category opera.
On our way to a 50 years celebration
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.