29 January 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

3:00, incl. 1 interval


By invitation only

Opera Award met logo

Festive ceremony

Dutch National Opera has been honoured with the prestigious title of ‘Best Opera Company 2023’ by the international jury of the OPER! AWARDS. On 29 January 2024 the German magazine OPER! will present this award during a festive ceremony at Dutch National Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam. Through this award, the international opera community shows its appreciation for the artistic course taken by Dutch National Opera under the leadership of director Sophie de Lint.

Photo: Ronald Tilleman

Festive ceremony


“Under the leadership of Sophie de Lint, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam demonstrates, in an exemplary way, how an opera house can be relevant and gain support in a diverse, urban society. Sophisticated projects and a well-thought-out approach bring people of different origins, backgrounds and interests together under the same roof at Waterlooplein, where the theatre is based. At the same time, DNO’s core identity as an opera house remains paramount in the programming and audience experience, firmly anchoring the art form in the future.

The excellent selection of artists underpins a programming of rarely performed operas, classics and impactful world premieres making every new production a true experience of significant artistic importance. Dutch National Opera is a home for the city and at the same time an indispensable player within the international opera world.”



In response to this news, Sophie de Lint says: “We are extremely proud to receive this prestigious award. There are many people involved in creating our programme, so this award belongs to all our great colleagues, artists and partners we work with. We see the prize primarily as an encouragement to continue working hard on the place of opera in today’s and tomorrow’s society. Sustainability in all its aspects is a crucial theme for us. We will also continue to look for new makers within the context of opera who inspire us with their sounds and stories and further enrich our art form. In short, there is still a lot to do!”

With the cooperation of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of Dutch National Opera

Conductor Andrea Battistoni

The Oper! Awards 2024 ceremony will be broadcast live on OperaVision and this page.

Oper! Awards 2024

Oper! Awards 2024

Best Opera Company 2023 | Dutch National Opera

best opera award 2023

Productions Dutch National Opera 2023

Discover all of Dutch National Opera’s productions in the year 2023 via the link below.

Productions Dutch National Opera 2023

Handel - Giulio Cesare (new production)
Musical direction: Emmanuelle Haïm
Stage direction: Calixto Bieito
Coproduction with Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona)

Verdi - Messa da requiem (new for DNO) - with Dutch National Ballet
Musical direction: Eun Sun Kim
Stage direction & choreography: Christian Spuck
Original production by Opernhaus Zürich


* Raskatov - Animal Farm (world premiere)
Musical direction: Bassem Akiki
Stage direction: Damiano Michieletto
Composition commission and coproduction with Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro Massimo (Palermo), and the Finnish National Opera and Ballet (Helsinki)

* Sorey - Perle noire: Meditations For Joséphine (European premiere)
Musical direction: Tyshawn Sorey
Stage direction: Peter Sellars

various - Ändere die Welt! - (new production)
Musical direction: Pedro Beriso
Stage direction: Mart van Berckel
Coproduction with Nederlandse Reisopera and Opera Zuid

Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier (revival)
Musical direction: Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction: Jan Philipp Gloger

Donizetti - Maria Stuarda (new production)
Musical direction: Enrique Mazzola
Stage direction: Jetske Mijnssen
Coproduction with Teatro San Carlo (Napels) and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia)

Dvořák - Rusalka (new production)
Musical direction: Joana Mallwit
Stage direction: Philipp Stölz & Philipp M. Krenn

Weill - Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (new for DNO)
Musical direction: Markus Stenz
Stage direction: Ivo van Hove
Coproduction with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, The Metropolitan Opera, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen and Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg

Saariaho - Innocence (new for DNO)
Musical direction: Elena Schwarz
Stage direction: Simon Stone
Composition commission and coproduction with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Royal Opera House (London), Finnish National Opera and Ballet (Helsinki) and San Francisco Opera. In collaboration with The Metropolitan Opera (New York)

Wantenaar - A Song For the Moon (revival)
Musical coaching: Leonard Evers
Stage direction: Béatrice Lachaussée
Commission and coproduction with La Monnaie / De Munt (Brussels), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (Madrid), Opera Zuid (Maastricht) with support of the European Network of Opera Academies (ENOA)

Wagner - Lohengrin (new production)
Musical direction: Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction: Christof Loy

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte (revival)
Musical direction: Riccardo Minasi
Stage direction: Simon McBurney
Coproduction with English National Opera (London) and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Metselaar - The Theory of Everything (world premiere)
Musical direction: Hanne van de Vrie
Stage direction: Naomi van der Linden

Giulio Cesare | Foto: Monika Rittershaus
Giulio Cesare | Photo: Monika Rittershaus
Messa da Requiem | Foto: Michel Schnater
Messa da Requiem | Photo: Michel Schnater
Animal Farm | Foto: Ruth Walz
Animal Farm | Photo: Ruth Walz
Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine | Foto: Ruth Walz
Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine | Photo: Ruth Walz
Ändere die Welt! | Foto: Bart Grietens
Ändere die Welt! | Photo: Bart Grietens
Der Rosenkavalier | Foto: Clärchen & Matthias Baus
Der Rosenkavalier | Photo: Clärchen & Matthias Baus
Maria Stuarda | Foto: Ben van Duin
Maria Stuarda | Photo: Ben van Duin
Rusalka | Foto: Clärchen & Matthias Baus
Rusalka | Photo: Clärchen & Matthias Baus
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny | Foto: Clärchen & Matthias Baus
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny | Photo: Clärchen & Matthias Baus
Innocence | Foto: Marco Borggreve
Innocence | Photo: Marco Borggreve
Een lied voor de maan | Foto: Kim Krijnen
Een lied voor de maan | Photo: Kim Krijnen
Lohengrin | Foto: Marco Borggreve
Lohengrin | Photo: Marco Borggreve
Die Zauberflöte | Foto: Bart Grietens
Die Zauberflöte | Photo: Bart Grietens

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