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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 innovative and exciting production Hänsel und Gretel starts with a beautiful video. It has been made in our decor workshop. See the making-of here.
A candy mountain of 3 meters high, a house in the shape of a cornflakes box and a landfill over the entire width of the stage are all part of the decor in the opera Hänsel und Gretel. Take a look into our decor studio.
Les Mamelles de Tirésias is created and performed by young talents. Take a look behind the scenes of Poulenc's surrealistic opera.
In het theater is iedere avond weer anders. Bekijk in deze video wat er op en rondom het podium gebeurt tijdens Il trovatore.
Take a look behind the scenes of the Dialogues des Carmélites rehearsals, with a special role for the extras in this emotional production.
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.