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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.

What steps are taken in building a set? In this video you can see how the set of Der Rosenkavalier is created.
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.
As dramaturge of Dutch National Opera, Klaus Bertisch safeguards the stories that are being told on stage.
Take a look in our dye studio. Here, Rosalinda Lourens ensures that that all opera costumes have exactly the right colours!
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.

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.