March 2020

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

Opera Opera Forward
16 19 24 26 31 March
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny is a satirical parable by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht about capitalism running rampant. There are no limits on what’s allowed in Mahagonny, as long as you can pay. Weill’s fusion of classical, jazz and popular tunes makes for a roller coaster musical production. 

Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins

Opera
20 22 March

In this satirical piece, star soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and actress Anna Drijver perform two sides of the same young woman. In seven American cities, they encounter the seven deadly sins.

April 2020

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

Opera Opera Forward
02 05 April
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny is a satirical parable by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht about capitalism running rampant. There are no limits on what’s allowed in Mahagonny, as long as you can pay. Weill’s fusion of classical, jazz and popular tunes makes for a roller coaster musical production. 

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Opera Classic Romantic
25 28 April
In Die Frau ohne Schatten, Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal sought to articulate reality in symbolic form, much as Mozart and Schikaneder had done in Die Zauberflöte.    

May 2020

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Opera Classic Romantic
02 06 10 13 17 20 May
In Die Frau ohne Schatten, Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal sought to articulate reality in symbolic form, much as Mozart and Schikaneder had done in Die Zauberflöte.    

Carmen

Opera DNO classic Classic
12 16 19 21 24 26 29 May
Year in, year out, Georges Bizet's Carmen works its magic around the world. With her unashamed sensuality, the popular opera heroine still has the power to stir our imaginations.

Nederlands Dans Theater

Dans Modern
13 14 May

This programme brings together four choreographic voices.

June 2020

Carmen

Opera DNO classic Classic
01 June
Year in, year out, Georges Bizet's Carmen works its magic around the world. With her unashamed sensuality, the popular opera heroine still has the power to stir our imaginations.

International Young Patrons Gala

Opera Ballet
05 June

On Friday 5 June 2020, the Young Patrons Circle of Dutch National Opera & Ballet will host the fourth edition of the annual International Young Patrons Gala.

Rusalka

Opera Holland Festival
06 09 14 16 20 23 26 28 June
Dvořák’s Rusalka is about a water nymph who dreams of a life on land, rooted in the tradition of the ‘undine’ as well as the opposition between man and nature. While Rusalka sacrifices almost everything to live as a human with her prince, she ultimately returns to the water utterly disillusioned.  

The monster in the maze

Opera Family Participatieproject
30 June
In the kingdom of Minos, there lives a fearsome creature: half man, half bull. The king keeps it locked deep inside a maze, feeding it the flesh of his enemies. Now, the king has ordered the city of Athens to sacrifice its youth – its future! – in order to feed the monster of Minos. The young hero Theseus believes that he can defeat the monster, but will he be able to keep his courage in the heart of the maze?

July 2020

The monster in the maze

Opera Family Participatieproject
02 04 July
In the kingdom of Minos, there lives a fearsome creature: half man, half bull. The king keeps it locked deep inside a maze, feeding it the flesh of his enemies. Now, the king has ordered the city of Athens to sacrifice its youth – its future! – in order to feed the monster of Minos. The young hero Theseus believes that he can defeat the monster, but will he be able to keep his courage in the heart of the maze?

September 2020

Mefistofele

Italiaans Opera koor
05 09 13 15 18 21 24 September
The diabolical Mefistofele is an extraordinary opera calling for an extraordinary orchestra and large choruses. It’s an opera about God, the devil and man; about creation, love, misery and unquenchable yearning.

October 2020

Innocence

hedendaags Opera Modern
07 09 11 14 16 18 October
The new opera Innocence is based on a true story that took place in Finland in 2007. An international school became the stage for a school shooting. The opera tells a modern-day story about guilt, forgiveness and the feeling of a ‘life sentence’ brought on by a traumatic experience. A theme that is still shockingly topical.

Kriebel

Opera Familievoorstelling kinderen
10 11 15 16 17 18 October
Ever imagined the sound of an itch (kriebel) … in your belly? What would happen if that itch crept up your throat and slipped out of your mouth? If it flew through the air and landed – plop! – on the viola, then jumped – pling! – inside the marimba? After successful performances in 2019, Kriebel will be back at Dutch National Opera this year.

November 2020

Le nozze di Figaro

Opera Mozart DNO klassieker
07 10 12 14 17 19 22 26 November
Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro is a comic opera riddled with intrigues, disguises, mixed-up identities and double entendres. An opera about love: from randy excitement to melancholic disillusionment.

December 2020

Aida

Verdi Opera Klassieker
03 07 11 14 17 20 22 25 28 December
With this production of Aida, one of Verdi’s best-loved works returns to Dutch National Opera after twenty years, with a star-studded cast and a world-renowned director. An opera in which two lovers are torn between their love for each other and their love for their family and country.

Alice's adventures under ground

Opera Familievoorstelling Absurd
19 22 30 December
Tumble through a dark rabbit-hole and find yourself in a crazy, colorful world where nothing is what it seems. Welcome to Alice’s wonderland of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. A unique treat for the whole family.

January 2021

Alice's adventures under ground

Opera Familievoorstelling Absurd
02 January
Tumble through a dark rabbit-hole and find yourself in a crazy, colorful world where nothing is what it seems. Welcome to Alice’s wonderland of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. A unique treat for the whole family.

Agrippina

Handel Barok Opera
14 17 19 21 24 27 29 January
Agrippina will do whatever it takes to depose the current Emperor Claudius and install her son Nero on the throne. A baroque opera about grand ambitions, political intrigues and the winding paths of power. The perfect basis for one of Händel’s earliest works.

February 2021

Der fliegende Holländer

Opera Wagner Romantic
04 07 10 14 17 20 23 26 February
In Wagner’s romantic opera Der fliegende Holländer, both the ghostly seaman – the ‘Dutchman’ – and the captain’s daughter Senta yearn desperately for redemption. The one is doomed to spend eternity sailing a ghost ship, the other is trapped in a stifling world where she does not belong.

Goud!

Opera Family Fairy Tale
20 21 24 25 26 27 28 February
A percussionist and a singer play and sing the story of a magical wish-fish that can make all your wishes come true. Goud! is infectious music theater for our younger audiences about wishing for lots, getting it all, and it still not being enough.

March 2021

Oedipus Rex / From ‘Antigone’

Opera Ballet stravinsky
10 12 14 16 18 21 23 27 March
Opera and ballet join forces for this new production of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. In this unique artistic collaboration, the British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor bridges the world of classical tragedy with the language of contemporary ballet and 20th- and 21st-century music. Composer Samy Moussa wrote a penetrating and poignant response to Stravinsky’s masterpiece.

Upload

Opera Modern Spectacle
20 22 24 25 26 March
Eternal life. It’s possible. As an upload, a digital version of ourselves. It might sound like science fiction. But developments in this area are racing ahead at warp speed. Upload investigates what this means for our ‘humanness’, our identity, and our relationship with others.

April 2021

Die lustige Witwe

New comical Christof Loy
17 20 22 25 28 30 April
Die Lustige Witwe sketches an incisive picture of the hypocrisies of the beau monde. It proves that operetta is hardly shallow, but rather a rich and many-layered genre.

May 2021

Die lustige Witwe

New comical Christof Loy
02 05 May
Die Lustige Witwe sketches an incisive picture of the hypocrisies of the beau monde. It proves that operetta is hardly shallow, but rather a rich and many-layered genre.

Anna Bolena

belcanto Opera Large choir
06 09 12 15 20 23 26 30 May
‘Success, Trumph, Delirium!’ – the audience practically raised the roof at the premiere of Anna Bolena in 1830. With his melodious music, Donizetti transposed a historical situation into a world of intense emotion. He still manages to touch listeners as no other.

June 2021

La damnation de Faust

Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Opera Large choir
03 06 09 16 20 23 27 30 June
The Faust season is rounded off with an adventure headed straight for damnation. La damnation de Faust is a monumental opera in which the search and longing for love are the point of focus.