13 Apr-2 May 2023


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

4:20, incl. 2 intervals


From €17

Der Rosenkavalier

Time is a wondrous thing

In Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strauss presents a world on the brink of vanishing. The opera artfully balances comic intrigue with poignancy, revealing a set of characters trying to hold on to a life that is an illusion. Their efforts are in vain: the passage of time is relentless, paving the way for a future that lies with the next generation. 

Time is a wondrous thing

Der Rosenkavalier (1911) had long been on Lorenzo Viotti’s wish list when he became chief conductor of Dutch National Opera. Its brilliant score champions both the orchestra and the voice, offering swirling Viennese waltzes with swaggering rhythms as well as breathtaking vocal lines. This opera gives Viotti the perfect opportunity to show different sides of his artistry. 

Viotti will be working with a first-rate cast of singers. Soprano Maria Bengtsson makes an ideal Marschallin with her noble voice and undeniable stage presence, while mezzo-soprano Angela Brower, renowned for her velvety sound and pristine delivery, takes on the role of Octavian. German bass Christof Fischesser will bring his deep, rich warm tones as well as his flair for comedy to the role of Baron Ochs. 


Musical comedy in three acts

Sung in German

Libretto Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Musical direction  Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction  Jan Philipp Gloger
Set design  Ben Baur
Costumes  Karin Jud
Lighting  Bernd Purkrabek
Dramaturgy  Sophie Becker, Klaus Bertisch

Die Feldmarschallin  Maria Bengtsson
Der Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau  Christof Fischesser
Octavian  Angela Brower
Herr von Faninal  Martin Gantner
Sophie  TBA
Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin  Iris van Wijnen
Valzacchi  Marcel Reijans
Annina  Eva Kroon
Haushofmeister der Feldmarschallin  Lucas van Lierop

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master  Edward Ananian-Cooper

Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor (part of Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam)
Children's chorus master  Anaïs de la Morandais

Change in box office opening hours

Please note our box office opening hours will change on March 1.

One of Richard Strauss’ most popular operas, under the baton of chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti

Ticket prices

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Ticket prices

Standard CJP | City Pass |
Youth up to 16
1st € 130,00 € 117,00 
2nd € 100,00  € 93,00
3rd € 80,00 € 66,00
4th € 60,00 € 50,00
5th € 42,00 € 36,00
6th € 20,00 € 17,00

Dutch National Opera & Ballet works with a system of dynamic pricing: during the booking period the ticket prices may increase, depending on demand. Prices exclude € 2,00 booking fee per ticket.

Student discount and student alert
When a performance is not sold out, students can buy tickets on the day from 1pm for only €19 - regardless of which price category is ordered. Don't forget to bring your college card to be checked at the door.

For some productions a student alert is given. This allows you to book earlier than on the day with student discounts. If you want to sign up for the student alerts, check here.

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Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Dutch National Opera has a long-standing and proud history with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | the Nether­lands Chamber Orchestra, which has been its main orchestra partner for the past 30 years. It is widely considered to be one of the best opera orchestras in the world.

Photo: Melle Meivogel

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Naturally, it also performs in concerts of its own and then its go-to venue is the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In addition to its collabo­ration with chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti and music director of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra Gordan Nikolić, the orchestra regularly works with internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as a whole new generation of excellent musicians. It has played on countless stages, using music to connect people by giving exceptional performances that inspire both connoisseurs and novices alike. The orches­tra's base is in the warm and welcoming NedPhO-Dome in the ‘lndische Buurt’ in Amsterdam, ensuring it is at the heart of the community. In this way, the orchestra hopes to make classical music more approachable to a wider audience.

Season 2022/23 will see the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra join us for our season-opener Carmenas well as for Königs­kinder, Turandot and Der RosenkavalierThe Netherlands Chamber Orchestra will provide the orchestral accompani­ment for Animal Farm and Maria Stuarda.


Almost every performance at Dutch National Opera & Ballet is preceded by an introduction, with background information that can deepen your theatre visit. The introductions are in Dutch and admission is free by showing a valid ticket.

Introduction Der Rosenkavalier by: Hein van Eekert
Time: 45 minutes before the start of each performance
Location: 2nd balcony

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