Dutch National Opera presents

Opera gala

This show was to been seen in November 2015


Duration 2:00

Gala performance on 6 November 2015

Simultaneous livestream via the internet
The recording of the livestream was available until 13 November 2015.

Dutch National Opera celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Gala; a celebration with a special touch, conducted by Marc Albrecht and Tan Dun with performances by Eva Maria Westbroek, Violeta Urmana, Sabine Devieilhe, Eleonora Buratto and Thomas Oliemans. The Opera Gala has been directed by Robert Carsen.

In short

Musical quality, world premieres, Dutch repertoire, innovative productions and visual attractiveness. These are the five core values of Dutch National Opera. They form the foundation of this festive, exciting Opera Gala.

The Gala was attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix.


Dress code: Black tie


Many leading singers will take part, including the soprano Eva Maria Westbroek, mezzo soprano Violeta Urmana, soprano Sabine Devieilhe, soprano Eleonora Buratto, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, bariton Thomas Oliemans and tenor Paolo Fanale . An ensemble of singers from the Netherlands, including Lenneke Ruiten, Judith van Wanroij, Florieke Beelen and Roger Smeets and the Italian Giovanni Battista Parodi, will sing the finale from Act 2 of Le nozze di Figaro.

The DNO chorus are singing several excerpts from the company’s rich and diverse repertoire, including work by Wagner and Verdi. Marc Albrecht will conduct the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra I Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, paying attention to every last detail and the subtlest of sounds.

The Chinese composer Tan Dun will conduct the European premiere of his latest work Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds. Especially for the occasion of the Gala, Krzysztof Pastor, resident choreographer with Dutch National Ballet, is creating a new ballet for four dancers (three men and one woman) to Puccini’s Crisantemi.

The Opera Gala will be directed by Robert Carsen.

The festivities will begin before the curtain rises, in a sumptuously decorated foyer, with tasty amuses to whet your appetite. The performance is followed by an afterparty, with stylish music, delicious snacks and sparkling drinks, in a toast to the next fifty years!

Due to circumstances former announced singers, Charlotte Margiono and Luca Pisaroni, will not be able to perform at the Opera Gala.

Robert Carsen


With Dutch National Opera, the Canadian director Robert Carsen has staged Dialogues des Carmélites, Fidelio, Carmen and Falstaff.

Marc Albrecht

Chief Conductor

Marc Albrecht, Chief Conductor of The Dutch National Opera and The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is known not only for his interpretations of works by Wagner and Richard Strauss, but also for his affinity for contemporary music.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Marc Albrecht
Concept, Stage Director 
Robert Carsen
Set Designer 
Robert Carsen
in collaboration with
Nationale Opera & Ballet
Lighting Designer 
Robert Carsen
in collaboration with
Cor van den Brink
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Dutch National Opera Chorus
Chorus Master 
Ching-Lien Wu
Dutch National Ballet
Igone de Jongh
Casey Herd
Sébastien Galtier
Artur Shesterikov
Krzysztof Pastor
Ballet costumes 
Oliver Haller
Ballet Orchestra 
String quartet
formed with musicians from the
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
After Party 
DJs St. Paul and Leroy Rey
Pierre Audi
Guest Conductor 
Tan Dun
Marc Albrecht
Peter Lockwood
Marcel Beekman
Florieke Beelen
Eleonora Buratto
Sabine Devieilhe
Paolo Fanale
Peter Hoare
André Morsch
Yvonne Naef
Thomas Oliemans
Giovanni Battista Parodi
Adrianne Pieczonka
Peter Rose
Lenneke Ruiten
Roger Smeets
Violeta Urmana
Judith van Wanroij
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Dennis Wilgenhof


Making an opera is an extraordinarily complex and challenging task. Often invisible, yet just as essential as the musicians themselves, are the people behind the scenes. So the Opera Gala will also be a tribute to our staff – top professionals in some highly specialised areas.

Anniversary book
In collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, DNO is publishing a beautifully illustrated Anniversary Book. It will describe the history of Dutch National Opera and the special way in which DNO has explored and expanded the opera repertoire over the past fifty years. The book will be on sale after the Opera Gala.


The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Chorus of Dutch National Opera will be led during this Opera Gala by principal conductor Marc Albrecht.