Dutch National Opera & Ballet present

International Young Patrons Gala

The cultural event of the year

On Friday 1 June 2018, the Young Patrons Circle of Dutch National Opera & Ballet hosts its annual International Young Patrons Gala. Join us on the red carpet as we celebrate all the best that Dutch National Opera & Ballet has to offer!

Members of the Young Patrons Circle receive a complimentary ticket and access to our exclusive afterparty. Are you not a member yet? Register here to become a Young Patron.

Dress code: Black tie (long dress).



The International Young Patrons Gala is an unique evening filled with magic and performance – this is the only night of the year where opera and ballet share the same stage. Following the performance, the festive-high spirits will continue with several surprise performances. In short… this is an unforgettable Gala with an equally exciting afterparty. (Limited space for the afterparty: guestlist only. All patrons +1 are invited)

Watch last year's aftermovie


The performance programme given by Dutch National Ballet, Dutch National Opera and the Junior Company includes several highlights from the repertoire, alongside new work not yet shown.

In collaboration with ISH Dance Collective, the Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company will dance an excerpt from the hiphop fairytale ballet Grimm, the popular successor to Narnia.
Dutch National Ballet are presenting an excerpt from the acclaimed ballet Tristan + Isolde by the company’s associate artist David Dawson. And of course, the programme would not be complete without an act from the audience favourite Swan Lake.

Dutch National Opera is delighted to present an upcoming talent, the soprano Aylin Sezer. She is accompanying a ‘new work’ by choreographer and Young Creative Associate Peter Leung for seven dancers from Dutch National Ballet, as well as singing an aria from La bohème. Soprano Lilian Farahani and baritone Michael Wilmering - both well-known names in the Netherlands - are singing a duet from Don Pasquale and the famous duet ‘Papageno and Papagena’ from Die Zauberflöte.

These performances are interspersed with special film excerpts, including interviews with choreographer Hans van Manen, director of Dutch National Ballet Ted Brandsen and director of Dutch National Opera Pierre Audi. The programme ends with a spectacular Ring-video with live special effects & music.

The evening is presented by Anna Drijver, the popular actress, model, writer and singer, who is a great lover of classical ballet. Monique Wagemakers, who has long been a leading opera director in the Netherlands and much further afield, has directed the whole varied programme.


Enjoy a walking dinner with signature dishes and culinary bites from some of Amsterdam’s best (Michelin-star) restaurants and finest Dutch producers. All food & drinks are included in the ticket.

Anna Drijver


Multi-talent Anna will be the host of the International Young Patrons Gala. She already enjoys great fame with the Dutch audience, amongst others due to her leading role in the film Bride Flight.



Tickets for THE gala of the year are on sale now! Alongside members of Dutch National Opera & Ballet’s Young Patrons Circle, guests to this festive evening will include young donors of opera and ballet houses and major cultural institutions around the world, as well as (international) celebrities, VIPs, influentials and members of other young professional networks. For a limited amount of time you can buy earlybird tickets at 10% discount. To buy tickets: click on the button 'buy ticket' at the top of this page.

Members of the Young Patrons Circle receive a complimentary ticket. Are you not a member yet? Register here to become a Young Patron.



Visitors from abroad have the opportunity to register for the International Weekend. Kick off on Friday with the Gala and spend the rest of the weekend visiting Amsterdam’s cultural heritage and hotspots.

The weekend will include a champagne brunch on the canals, private viewings of some of the most important museums and wonderful galleries in Amsterdam, and an exclusive dinner at the Pulitzer Hotel. To RSVP, please click here .

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Lillian Bennink

Hanna Bervoets

Diorno Braaf

Lucrezia Buccellati

Melissa Chapski

Nathalie De Clerck

Michaela DePrince

Victoria Dreesmann

Liza Chloë van Duyn

Pieter Eckhardt & Floor Zijlstra

Cato van Ee

Bernou van der Ent

Gabriel Ercicia

Anne Kaisa Faber

Sarah Fetter

Judith Goudsmit

Nicole Huisman

Janey van Ierland

Dorine Janssens

Koen Kardashian

Geraldine Kemper

Joseph Susanna & Louis Klibansky

Sophie Kloosterman

Charlotte Lagendijk

David Laport

Jetteke van Lexmond

Olivia Lonsdale

Maia Makhateli

Anna Ol

Thomas Oliemans

Juano Queen

Marijn Rademaker

Liesbeth Rasker

Constance Scholten

Wende Snijders

Nathalie Alica Streng

Emilie Tabor

Cicely Telman

Stefano Theodoli

Anneke Torenstra

Hanna Verboom

Sanne Vloet

Sanne Vogel

Walewein Warneke

Géza Weisz



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