September 2020

FAUST [working title]

Opera Koor van De Nationale Opera
21 24 September

The current crisis has put an end to our scheduled season opener Mefistofele. But we won’t keep quiet. We have invited a new generation of music theatre makers from The Netherlands to fill the empty space. FAUST [working title] departs from the theme of Goethe's Faust, a prominent figure in Western culture. A large-scale performance with chorus, orchestra, soloists and a wealth of music, from classical to lesser-known repertoire.

October 2020

Ritratto

Opera Opera Forward World premiere
07 09 11 14 16 18 October

Willem Jeths' new opera about the extravagant Italian art muse and patron Luisa Casati has its offline world premiere. The video registration of this new opera was an online great success during the lockdown. Now the opera is finally being performed for a live audience. The production is directed by Marcel Sijm, with costumes oby famed designer Jan Taminiau. .video-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; } .video-container iframe, .video-container object, .video-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

Innocence

hedendaags Opera Modern
07 09 11 14 16 18 October

Due to the current measures against the further spread of the coronavirus, this production by Dutch National Opera will unfortunately not be able to go ahead this autumn. Read more information here: operaballet.nl/corona-update 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.

Goud!

Opera Family Fairy Tale
24 25 28 31 October

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.

November 2020

Goud!

Opera Family Fairy Tale
01 04 07 08 November

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.

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 material 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.

March 2021

Oedipus Rex / From ‘Antigone’

Opera Ballet stravinsky
10 12 14 16 18 21 23 27 March

Ballet and opera together in a world premiere 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.