We are delighted to present the new 2022-2023 season to you. It promises to be jam-packed, with no less than 16 opera productions and 11 ballet productions. This new season has something for everyone: featuring new works and classics for audiences of all ages. We invite you to discover and experience the magic of opera and ballet and be awed by it!
After a turbulent year in which we learned a lot, we are very excited to present our new upcoming season, with all of its beautiful productions. We have put together a diverse and varied programme as we want to emphasise opera and ballet is for everyone, by bringing to light all that these art forms have to offer. We will be bringing back some audience favourites, but will also be presenting a plethora of new works. This season will feature classic opera and ballet stories as well as current themes and narratives, by both established names and up-and-coming creatives.
The guiding principle that will serve as Dutch National Opera’s theme this season is ‘La Liberté?’ – freedom, but then reframed as a question rather than as a statement. Our world has seen freedom come under a great deal of pressure lately, raising questions about how much freedom we actually have as a society and as individuals. Our new productions for the upcoming season cannot provide solutions to these issues, but they do offer multiple perspectives on freedom as a concept. Freedom, in all its guises, is therefore the common thread running through this season’s opera productions, whether it concerns classics such Bizet’s Carmen or Puccini’s Turandot, or more modern works such the American opera Blue or the world premiere of Animal Farm.
Dutch National Ballet will be presenting some iconic classics this season as well, such as Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. But the company will also be performing a wide range of new works, such as Dawson – a production that showcases two choreographic pieces by David Dawson, as well as New Moves, which turns the spotlight on a new generation of choreographers.
And for our very youngest audiences, we have the opera The Girl, the hunter and the wolf, the family opera Operetta Land and the dance thriller Dorian, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde. And that’s not all...
To find out more about the 2022-2023 season, please check out our presentation of the season in an online talk show. Sophie de Lint (artistic director of Dutch National Opera) and Ted Brandsen (artistic director of Dutch National Ballet) will discuss the coming season in detail, giving you something to look forward to! We hope to see you soon!