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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.

The music in Lulu is based on one single twelve-tone row. Rehearsal director Ernst Munneke explains what's so special about this music.
From button to hem; our specialists work on each opera costume. Here you can see how the costumes are created.
The props are made in our own studio in Amsterdam Southeast. There are different studios for wood, metal and paint.
From dyeing fabrics and creating bloodstains to transforming a beautiful new costumes in an old one, it all happens in the dye studio!
Special at Dutch National Opera & Ballet is the combination of craftsmanship with advanced techniques and 'old' handicrafts such as shoemakers.
With the perfect template you get the perfect shape. Also in the hat studio is everything made by hand.

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.