Dutch National Opera presents

Madrigals Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

This show was to been seen in May 2017

Location: Dutch National Opera & Ballet's Production Workshop, Kollenbergweg 1, Amsterdam-Zuidoost

Early master

By Claudio Monteverdi

Language Italian

Surtitles English & Dutch


Claudio Monteverdi

Il ballo delle Ingrate
Libretto by Ottavio Rinuccini
World premiere 4 June 1608, Mantua

Lamento d'Arianna
Libretto by Ottavio Rinuccini
World premiere 28 May 1608, Mantua

Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Libretto after La Gerusalemme Liberata by Torquato Tasso
World premiere 1624, Venice


Il ballo delle Ingrate revival (2007/08)
Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda revival (1990/91, 1992/93)
Premiere 11 May 2017, Dutch National Opera & Ballet's Production Workshop, Amsterdam

Only three full-length works from Monteverdi’s opera oeuvre have survived. By combining individual works, further aspects of this early master are explored in Madrigals.

Madrigals will be performed in the Production Workshop (Decoratelier) of Dutch National Opera & Ballet:

how to get there

In short

Madrigals is a revival of the production from 2007. Once again, Pierre Audi is directing a cast of young singers, and Christophe Rousset is conducting his orchestra Les Talens Lyriques. The performances will take place in the Scenery Atelier of Dutch National Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam-Zuidoost.

The set is dominated by a steel artwork by Jannis Kounellis. The Baroque ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, under the inspiring baton of Christoph Rousset, sits at one side of the artwork. The floor is covered only by sand, with a boulder scattered here and there.


Situated in the Zuidoost district of Amsterdam, the Dutch National Opera’s home of craftsmanship, the Scenery Atelier, forms a wonderful industrial location for Madrigals. The performance takes place in a room that is the same size as the stage, including 21-metre-high fly towers. A reception hall has been created in a storage space, including a cloakroom, box office and audience facilities. There is an exhibition of artworks by local artists’ collective Heesterveld Creative Community.


You can choose between joining a guided tour of the Scenery Atelier and attending an introduction to Madrigals in one of the ateliers, 45 minutes before curtain-up.

Please note that in the Scenery Atelier you can only pay by debit card: tickets for Madrigals can be purchased online, at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet box office or one hour before curtain-up at the Scenery Atelier box office. In the Scenery Atelier, you can only pay by debit card – also for any snacks or drinks.

Address: Kollenbergweg 1, Amsterdam-Zuidoost

how to get there

Please note: parking in the vicinity  of the Scenery Atelier is free, but if a big event is taking place in the Amsterdam Arena or the Heineken Music Hall, we recommend using public transport (metro station Bijlmer-Arena) or valet parking Weparc.

Listen to this beautiful aria from Il Ballo Delle Ingrate with Nikki Treurniet as Una delle Ingrate
Watch the Madrigals trailer here.


Il ballo delle Ingrate - world premiere 1608, Mantua
Lamento d’Arianna - world premiere 1608, Mantua
Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda - world premiere
1624, Venice

From Arianna, only the Lamento has survived, in which the Cretan princess sings of her desire for death, as her lover Theseus has left her. Il ballo delle Ingrate and Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda are both part of Madrigals, Book 8. In these works, too, death is the central theme. In a dance, women who have died show what the living can expect if they resist the arts of Cupid. Il combattimento shows the futility of every war or battle. In a duel, Tancredi kills a supposed enemy, who turns out to be his lover Clorinda.

Curious about Monteverdi's Madrigals? Take a look behind the scenes.

Pierre Audi

Resident director

PIERRE AUDI (stage director) became director of De Nederlandse Opera in 1988. As of 1 January 2013 he has become Director of Dutch National Opera. In the years of his leadership till september 2018 he is credited with giving the Netherlands its own opera tradition. His combined vision and audacity have earned him respect, both in the Netherlands and far beyond its borders, as both the Director of Dutch National Opera and as a stage director.

Christophe Rousset


CHRISTOPHE ROUSSET (conductor) studied harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Rousset is driven by his passion for vocal repertoire, and he founded his own ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, in 1991, with whom he explores the Italian and French Baroque repertoire.


Christophe Rousset
Stage Director 
Pierre Audi
Set and Costume Designers 
Chloe Obolensky
Patrick Kinmonth
Lighting Designer 
Jean Kalman
Les Talens Lyriques
Ginette Puylaert
Nathanaël Tavernier
Valeria Girardello
Ingrate Insieme 
Nikki Treurniet
Hanna Al Bender
Beatriz de Sousa
Eimi Witmer
Una delle Ingrate 
Nikki Treurniet
Ombre d’Inferno 
Magdalena Pluta
Thomas de Bruijn
Nicolas Maraziotis
Pawel Konik
Magdalena Pluta
Nicolas Maraziotis
Lissa Meyvis
Pawel Konik