September 2020

Dancing apart together

Ballet World premiere Modern
29 September

With many new creations by young choreographers and work by top choreographers such as Hans van Manen and David Dawson, the opening production of the new season forms a unique collage. Born from limitations but also from new possibilities in today's world, Dancing Apart Together lets you experience the rich and pure simplicity of ballet today. In a theatre that has reopened again after a long time, and at a safe distance!

Live

Ballet Modern hans van manen
29 September

Only 6 performances Of the more than 125 ballets Hans van Manen has created so far, Live is without doubt the most legendary. Van Manen created it in 1979 and since then the choreography for a female dancer and a cameraman, with a male dancer at the end, has touched tens of thousands of people. An iconic ballet that, through the use of live video footage, almost seems to have been created for this time.

October 2020

Ritratto

Opera Opera Forward World premiere
07 09 11 14 16 18 October

Willem Jeths' new opera about the extravagant Italian art muse and patron Luisa Casati has its offline world premiere. The video registration of this new opera was an online great success during the lockdown. Now the opera is finally being performed for a live audience. The production is directed by Marcel Sijm, with costumes oby famed designer Jan Taminiau. .video-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; } .video-container iframe, .video-container object, .video-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

Innocence

hedendaags Opera Modern
07 09 11 14 16 18 October

Due to the current measures against the further spread of the coronavirus, this production by Dutch National Opera will unfortunately not be able to go ahead this autumn. Read more information here: operaballet.nl/corona-update The new opera Innocence is based on a true story that took place in Finland in 2007. An international school became the stage for a school shooting. The opera tells a modern-day story about guilt, forgiveness and the feeling of a ‘life sentence’ brought on by a traumatic experience. A theme that is still shockingly topical.

Black Achievement Month

Opera
11 October

The title for this evening – The lands in which I live, burst out in archipelagos - is a quotation from the work of the Caribbean philosopher Edouard Glissant (1928-2011). In this panel discussion, we get inspired by his work.

La Bayadère

Ballet Klassieker Drama
13 15 17 20 21 23 24 25 27 31 October

Due to the current measures against the further spread of the coronavirus, this production by Dutch National Ballet will unfortunately not be able to go ahead this autumn. Read more information here: operaballet.nl/corona-update

Back to ballet – classic

klassiek ballet Balanchine Marius Petipa
13 15 17 24 25 October

Back to Ballet - classic takes us back to the core of classical ballet, where the dancers find solid ground as they return to the stage. In timeless and compelling ballets with heart-stealing leading roles, including Le Corsaire, Swan Lake and Paquita, and in a new classical work by artistic director and choreographer Ted Brandsen, our dancers can once again shine!

Back to Ballet – contemporary

modern ballet Juanjo Arques Forsythe
21 23 27 31 October

Our dancers are back. And how! In Back to Ballet - contemporary, their resilience splashes off the stage. They dance as though they have never been gone. On the programme: MANOEUVRE, a brand-new ballet by Young Creative Associate Juanjo Arqués, and the intriguing Pas/Parts 2018 by groundbreaking choreographer William Forsythe.  

Dancing diversity 2020

Black Achievement Month
25 October

The Black Achievement Month (BAM) will start on the first of October for the fifth time with this year's theme 'heroes'.

November 2020

La Bayadère

Ballet Klassieker Drama
01 03 November

Due to the current measures against the further spread of the coronavirus, this production by Dutch National Ballet will unfortunately not be able to go ahead this autumn. Read more information here: operaballet.nl/corona-update

Back to ballet – classic

klassiek ballet Balanchine Marius Petipa
01 03 09 11 November

Back to Ballet - classic takes us back to the core of classical ballet, where the dancers find solid ground as they return to the stage. In timeless and compelling ballets with heart-stealing leading roles, including Le Corsaire, Swan Lake and Paquita, and in a new classical work by artistic director and choreographer Ted Brandsen, our dancers can once again shine!

Back to Ballet – contemporary

modern ballet Juanjo Arques Forsythe
06 08 15 November

Our dancers are back. And how! In Back to Ballet - contemporary, their resilience splashes off the stage. They dance as though they have never been gone. On the programme: MANOEUVRE, a brand-new ballet by Young Creative Associate Juanjo Arqués, and the intriguing Pas/Parts 2018 by groundbreaking choreographer William Forsythe.  

Le nozze di Figaro

Opera Mozart DNO klassieker
07 10 12 14 17 19 22 26 November

Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro is a comic opera riddled with intrigues, disguises and double entendres. An opera about love: from randy excitement to melancholic disillusionment. It is a shortened version of our 2016 production, prepared under the supervision of director David Bösch and conductor Riccardo Minasi. The opera has been reduced in length to a running time of around two hours, in order to perform it safely and without an interval in these times of corona.

Dorian

Ballet Hiphop Wereldpremière
11 15 17 19 November

Due to the current measures against the further spread of the coronavirus, this production by Dutch National Ballet will unfortunately not be able to go ahead this autumn. Read more information here: operaballet.nl/corona-update  

December 2020

Aida

Verdi Opera Klassieker
03 07 11 14 17 20 22 25 28 December

With this production of Aida, one of Verdi’s best-loved works returns to Dutch National Opera after twenty years, with a star-studded cast and a world-renowned director. An opera in which two lovers are torn between their love for each other and their love for their family and country.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Ballet Classic Family
09 10 12 13 16 18 21 23 24 26 27 29 30 31 December

Because of the overwhelming success in 2019, The Nutcracker & The Mouse King will return in 2020.

Alice's adventures under ground

Opera Familievoorstelling Absurd
19 22 30 December

Tumble through a dark rabbit-hole and find yourself in a crazy, colorful world where nothing is what it seems. Welcome to Alice’s wonderland of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. A unique treat for the whole family.

January 2021

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Ballet Classic Family
01 02 January

Because of the overwhelming success in 2019, The Nutcracker & The Mouse King will return in 2020.

Alice's adventures under ground

Opera Familievoorstelling Absurd
02 January

Tumble through a dark rabbit-hole and find yourself in a crazy, colorful world where nothing is what it seems. Welcome to Alice’s wonderland of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. A unique treat for the whole family.

Agrippina

Handel Barok Opera
14 17 19 21 24 27 29 January

Agrippina will do whatever it takes to depose the current Emperor Claudius and install her son Nero on the throne. A baroque opera about grand ambitions, political intrigues and the winding paths of power. The perfect material for one of Händel’s earliest works.

February 2021

Der fliegende Holländer

Opera Wagner Romantic
04 07 10 14 17 20 23 26 February

In Wagner’s romantic opera Der fliegende Holländer, both the ghostly seaman – the ‘Dutchman’ – and the captain’s daughter Senta yearn desperately for redemption. The one is doomed to spend eternity sailing a ghost ship, the other is trapped in a stifling world where she does not belong.

Onegin

Ballet Classic Drama
09 11 12 13 16 18 19 21 24 28 February

John Cranko created one of the greatest love dramas in ballet history. Early love and broken hearts in an incredible choreographic richness make Onegin at least as compelling as Giselle and Swan Lake.

March 2021

Dorian

Ballet Hiphop Wereldpremière
02 03 07 11 16 17 19 March

Due to the current measures against the further spread of the coronavirus, this production by Dutch National Ballet will unfortunately not be able to go ahead this autumn. Read more information here: operaballet.nl/corona-update  

Oedipus Rex / From ‘Antigone’

Opera Ballet stravinsky
10 12 14 16 18 21 23 27 March

Ballet and opera together in a world premiere Opera and ballet join forces for this new production of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. In this unique artistic collaboration, the British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor bridges the world of classical tragedy with the language of contemporary ballet and 20th- and 21st-century music. Composer Samy Moussa wrote a penetrating and poignant response to Stravinsky’s masterpiece.

Oedipus Rex / From ‘Antigone’

Opera Ballet stravinsky
10 12 14 16 18 21 23 27 March

Ballet and opera together in a world premiere Opera and ballet join forces for this new production of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. In this unique artistic collaboration, the British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor bridges the world of classical tragedy with the language of contemporary ballet and 20th- and 21st-century music. Composer Samy Moussa wrote a penetrating and poignant response to Stravinsky’s masterpiece.

Upload

Opera Modern Spectacle
20 22 24 25 26 March

Eternal life. It’s possible. As an upload, a digital version of ourselves. It might sound like science fiction. But developments in this area are racing ahead at warp speed. Upload investigates what this means for our ‘humanness’, our identity, and our relationship with others.

April 2021

Cinderella

Ballet Fairy Tale
02 03 07 10 11 April

This season’s must-see, Cinderella whisks you away to a world of charm and laughter, entrancing dance and a dash of magic, bringing the classic fairy tale back to life for a new generation. A spectacular ballet performance the whole family will enjoy. 

Die lustige Witwe

New comical Christof Loy
17 20 22 25 28 30 April

Die Lustige Witwe sketches an incisive picture of the hypocrisies of the beau monde. It proves that operetta is hardly shallow, but rather a rich and many-layered genre.

May 2021

Die lustige Witwe

New comical Christof Loy
02 05 May

Die Lustige Witwe sketches an incisive picture of the hypocrisies of the beau monde. It proves that operetta is hardly shallow, but rather a rich and many-layered genre.

Anna Bolena

belcanto Opera Large choir
06 09 12 15 20 23 26 30 May

‘Success, Trumph, Delirium!’ – the audience practically raised the roof at the premiere of Anna Bolena in 1830. With his melodious music, Donizetti transposed a historical situation into a world of intense emotion. He still manages to touch listeners as no other.

June 2021

La damnation de Faust

Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Opera Large choir
03 06 09 16 20 23 27 30 June

The Faust season is rounded off with an adventure headed straight for damnation. La damnation de Faust is a monumental opera in which the search and longing for love are the point of focus.

The Dutch School

Ballet Modern Wereldpremière
12 15 18 22 24 25 26 June

The Dutch School offers a perfect sampler of the best that Dutch dance has achieved: dance that puts simplicity, clarity, musicality and the expressive qualities of the individual dancer at the forefront. It invites you to experience an incredibly wide range of vibes and emotions. In The Dutch School, you will meet choreographers who made an important contribution to Dutch National Ballet: master choreographer Hans van Manen, associate artist David Dawson and three young choreographers, Wubkje Kuindersma, Remi Wortmeyer and Ernst Meisner, who are creating together a world premiere for The Dutch School.