20 Nov-30 Dec 2022


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

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Lorenzo Viotti

Family production about the power of imagination (8+)

Operetta Land doesn’t exist. It’s an imaginary place, with imaginary people, who have imaginary adventures and burst into song at every turn. And yet, once you have set foot in Operetta Land, you’ll never want to leave. Come see for yourself if you don’t believe us…

Photo: Steef de Jong in his Studio | © Kim Krijnen

Family production about the power of imagination (8+)

In Operetta Land, a spellbinding treat for the whole family, theatre director Steef de Jong takes the audience on a journey packed with everything that makes operetta so compelling: romance, misunderstandings, mistaken identities, deception and, last but not least, exquisite music. Steef has used pieces by composers such as Strauss, Offenbach and Sullivan to seamlessly craft a brand-new, contemporary operetta for audiences of all ages. Come and meet the aloof Princess Galatea, the love-hungry chamber woman Lady Kant, the dastardly King Pygmalion, the secretive Prince Nicola as well as many more memorable characters.

Steef de Jong has enjoyed many years of success with his productions, in which he uses ingeniously constructed cardboard sets to spark the audience’s imagination. In his work, Steef draws heavily on the rich history of operetta, the frivolous and enticing little sister of opera. Now he is bringing his multifaceted approach to the big stage of Dutch National Opera for the first time. Young musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands will be performing a selection from the operetta repertoire, led by Lorenzo Viotti, chief conductor of Dutch National Opera, and Aldert Vermeulen. A cast of young singers, including some from Dutch National Opera Studio, will take on the eccentric characters in this wonderfully entertaining production.

Performance information

Concept and performance  Steef de Jong
Text  Paulien Cornelisse and Steef de Jong

Music  Johann Strauss Jr., Jacques Offenbach, Arthur Sullivan, and others,
arrangements by Marijn van Prooijen
Musical direction  Lorenzo Viotti and Aldert Vermeulen
Stage direction  Steef de Jong
Co-direction  Maria Lamont
Set design & costumes  Steef de Jong
Lighting design  Cor van den Brink
Dramaturgy  Laura Roling
Team Groots en Meeslepend  Ina Veen, Stephan Nelissen, Willy Veen

De verzinner, Lady Kant, Venus  Steef de Jong
Koningin  Raoul Steffani
Prinses Galathea  Elenora Hu*
Minister van Financiën  Marc Pantus
Graaf Lothar  Laetitia Gerards
Koning Pygmalion/Heggenschaarhuzaar  Frederik Bergman
Sir Taki/Heggenschaarhuzaar  Maya Gour*
Prins Nicola/Heggenschaarhuzaar  Ian Castro*

*Dutch National Opera Studio

In collaboration with Vienna Volksoper

School performances  Private matinee performances will be given especially to schools

Orchestra  National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands

Imaginative worlds made of cardboard

Ticket prices

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Ticket prices

Standard CJP | City Pass | 
Youth up to 16
1st € 47,00 € 37,00 
2nd € 40,00  € 30,00
3rd € 30,00 € 20,00
4th € 20,00 € 10,00
5th € 12,00 € 10,00
6th € 10,00 € 5,00

Dutch National Opera & Ballet works with a system of dynamic pricing: during the booking period the ticket prices may increase, depending on demand. All prices are exclusive of booking fees.

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Steef de Jong

‘Operetta Land: a place where imagination reigns supreme’

Steef de Jong champions romance and sentimentality.

Photo: Steef de Jong | © Tim Stet

Packed with everything that makes operetta so compelling

Nationaal Jeugdorkest

National Youth Orchestra

The NJO National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands was founded in 1957 and has been offering a stage to young talented musicians between 18 and 26 for over sixty years. Since 2019, the National Youth Orchestra and the Jeugdorkest Nederland have joined forces as Nationale Jeugdorkesten Nederland. Earlier, the orchestra performed at Dutch National Opera in their productions of Il matrimonio segreto and The Boy who grew too fast. This season, the NJO will feature in a production by Steef de Jong.

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