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Dutch National Opera

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.

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.

Opera and ballet share the stage in Roméo et Juliette. What's that like for the singers and dancers?
A day at Dutch National Opera. A film by Lex Reitsma, made for the 50th anniversary of DNO
Take a look in our dye studio. Here, Rosalinda Lourens ensures that all opera costumes are exactly the right colours, precision is key!
Meet the people of Dutch National Opera & Ballet! In this video you can see more about the life and challenges of choir member Frank Engel.
Talents Lilian Farahani, Michael Wilmering and Lisenka Heijboer give you a personal insight into their rehearsal process.
Mr. Blom visited the first Der Rosenkavalier in 1965. Now - 234 shows later – he is in the spotlight. Take a look into the life of a faithful visitor and see its huge archive full of opera history!

Artistic Staff

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).


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.