Corona update

Coronavirus: modified programme 2020 - 2021

UPDATE 10-09-2020

Welcome back

Alternative programme autumn 2020

The Dutch National Opera & Ballet reopened in September with an alternative programme for opera and ballet. With plenty of room for new creations by promising talent. Safety is being considered: we have taken various measures to ensure the 1.5-metre distance. Read more about a safe visit and about the alternative programming:

Safe visit

Alternative programme

UPDATE 26-06-2020

Cancellation of some productions autumn 2020
A new alternative programming is currently being prepared for the autumn. A number of the regular productions for this autumn have already been cancelled. Under the current circumstances it is not possible to create and present them. For Dutch National Opera, as already mentioned, these are Mefistofele and Innocence, and for Dutch National Ballet, the Gala, La Bayadère, Dorian and the touring programme of Modern Masters.

These cancellations also have consequences for our subscriptions. Subscription holders have been informed that their subscription has been cancelled for the first half of the season, until January. For the alternative programming during the autumn season, season ticket holders will be the first to purchase separate tickets. The subscription for Dutch National Opera is again valid from January 2021. Dutch National Ballet linked a new programme with a new subscription from January.

More information:
Ballet from '21: programme and subscription 

UPDATE 15-06-2020

Due to the measures currently in place against the further spread of the coronavirus, two productions by the National Opera will unfortunately not be able to go ahead this autumn: Mefistofele and Innocence. Not only are we not yet able to receive a large audience in our theatre, but in the current circumstances it is not possible for all the artists, especially the singers, to rehearse together.

UPDATE 28-05-2020

Ticket sales season 2020-2021
Due to the current rules in force to combat the Corona virus, the single ticket sales of the productions have been postponed this autumn until further notice. Keep an eye on our site and newsletter for updates.

UPDATE 06-05-2020

The management of National Opera & Ballet (NO&B) recently decided to continue paying freelancers, with a maximum monthly amount, until the end of this season (end of June). Read more here.


UPDATE 30-04-2020

The government’s decision to ban temporarily events and gatherings until 1 June 2020, in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus, means that Dutch National Opera & Ballet will be closed until that date. The health and safety of our employees, dancers and singers is of vital importance, which is why Dutch National Opera & Ballet has decided, in accordance with the RIVM advice, that everyone works from home from now on.

Ticket buyers of cancelled performances

Until now, most of the ticket buyers have received an email about the processing of all cancelled performances. People who do not have an e-mail address will be contacted by our box office about the possibilities. We will do our best to inform you as well as possible. It may be that our e-mail to ticket buyers has ended up in the 'spam' or 'junk' folder of your inbox. For this reason, we advise card buyers to check the spam folder for messages from Dutch National Opera & Ballet. If you can't find it there either, contact us at or fill in this form. Given the size and complexity of this administrative task, it could take some time. We therefore hope for your patience and understanding.

Support Dutch National Opera & Ballet
As you understand, the measures regarding the coronavirus have a major impact on our opera and ballet company. Would you like to support Dutch National Opera & Ballet? You can choose to donate the restitution amount to the National Opera & Ballet Foundation. You can also choose to make a one-time donation. With your donation you support our theatre, our singers and dancers, and all other artists and employees during this difficult period. The National Opera & Ballet Foundation is a cultural ANBI, which means that your donation may provide you with additional tax benefits associated with gifts.

Save your ticket, enjoy later
We are also happy to offer you the opportunity to convert your tickets into a voucher. With the voucher you can enjoy an opera or ballet performance of your choice at a later time. The voucher is valid for 13 months after issue. As soon as we know more about the impact of the coronavirus on season 2020-2021, we will inform you.


Subscription holders for season 2020 - 2021 will soon receive an overview of their season tickets, ordered opera books and other articles.
Given the measures surrounding the Corona virus, there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the 2020 - 2021 season. For this reason, collection will not take place until further notice.
We are working really hard at this moment to set up the new season. Subscribers will be informed first of any changes. If you have any questions or comments about your order, please contact us at

If you have any questions, please look here:

FAQ - refund

Note: did you buy tickets for New Moves or the Junior Company tour production Unboxing Ballet 2 or Grimm? Please contact the theatre concerned. 

Dutch National Opera & Ballet supports the campaign ‘Save your ticket, enjoy later’.

We hope for your understanding of this extraordinary situation and hope to welcome you back to Dutch National Opera & Ballet soon. In the meanwhile we invite you to our online platform where you can watch streams of performances, join a ballet class, watch videos, play quizzes and so on: Keep Singing and Dancing

Yours sincerely,

Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Els van der Plas
General Director
Sophie de Lint
Director Dutch National Opera
Ted Brandsen
Director Dutch National Ballet