February 2020

Guided tours

Behind the scenes
29 February

Join a guided tour behind the scenes of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

Giselle

Ballet Classic Love drama
26 27 29 February

Giselle is both one of the most romantic works in the classical ballet repertoire as well as among the most demanding, calling for the soloists to cultivate a profound dramatic and emotional empathy with the characters.

March 2020

Guided tours

Behind the scenes
14 28 March

Join a guided tour behind the scenes of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

Lunch concerts

Concert Free admission
03 10 17 24 31 March

Free concert

Almost every Tuesday at 12:30 - from September to May, with the exception of the Christmas period and public holidays - you can enjoy a free lunch concert in the foyer of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

 

Giselle

Ballet Classic Love drama
01 03 05 08 March

Giselle is both one of the most romantic works in the classical ballet repertoire as well as among the most demanding, calling for the soloists to cultivate a profound dramatic and emotional empathy with the characters.

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

Guided tours

Behind the scenes
04 21 25 April

Join a guided tour behind the scenes of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

Lunch concerts

Concert Free admission
07 14 21 28 April

Free concert

Almost every Tuesday at 12:30 - from September to May, with the exception of the Christmas period and public holidays - you can enjoy a free lunch concert in the foyer of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

 

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. 

Four Seasons

Ballet Modern Art
04 07 09 11 12 14 16 19 April

In Four Seasons Dutch National Ballet presents the state of the art in today’s dance landscape, with three new creations by three world-class choreographers. Injecting classical ballet techniques with new influences and impulses, they reveal just how electrifying, edgy and inventive twenty-first century academic ballet can be.

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

Guided tours

Behind the scenes
09 12 16 26 30 May

Join a guided tour behind the scenes of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

Lunch concerts

Concert Free admission
12 19 26 May

Free concert

Almost every Tuesday at 12:30 - from September to May, with the exception of the Christmas period and public holidays - you can enjoy a free lunch concert in the foyer of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

 

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.

Schmetterling

Dance Nederlands Dans Theater
14 15 May

Rounding of our anniversary season and Paul Lightfoot’s tenure as Artistic Director, NDT presents  Schmetterling.

June 2020

Guided tours

Behind the scenes
02 09 27 June

Join a guided tour behind the scenes of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

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.  

Beethoven

Ballet Modern Holland Festival
11 12 13 17 19 21 24 June

At the 2020 Holland Festival, Dutch National Ballet will present the world premiere of Beethoven. George Balanchine once remarked that ‘Dance should leave Beethoven well alone – there’s no choreographing to his music’. But plenty of choreographers have since proved him false. Making ballet to Beethoven may not be easy, but the results are sensational! In honour of his 250th birthday, Dutch National Ballet presents two masterpieces and one new creation inspired by the grand master’s music.

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

Guided tours

Behind the scenes
04 11 July

Join a guided tour behind the scenes of Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

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.

Gala

Ballet Feestelijk Seizoensopening
14 September

The red carpet is rolled out on 14 September. For the ninth time, the Dutch National Ballet is opening the season with a Gala. A programme full of surprises, full of glamourous looks and with the entire Ballet Orchestra in the pit.

The Dutch School

Ballet Modern Wereldpremière
17 19 20 22 26 27 29 September

The Dutch School offers a wonderful sampler of the best that Dutch dance has achieved. It invites you to experience an incredibly wide range of vibes and emotions.

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.

La Bayadère

Ballet Klassieker Drama
13 15 17 20 21 23 24 25 27 31 October

The pure dance in the ballet classic La Bayadère offers all the dancers of Dutch National Ballet a chance to shine. And so they do! With this love ballet full of intrigue, jealousy and deception - and with one of the most beautiful white acts - they always manage to win a lot of hearts.

November 2020

La Bayadère

Ballet Klassieker Drama
01 03 November

The pure dance in the ballet classic La Bayadère offers all the dancers of Dutch National Ballet a chance to shine. And so they do! With this love ballet full of intrigue, jealousy and deception - and with one of the most beautiful white acts - they always manage to win a lot of hearts.

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.

Dorian

Ballet Hiphop Wereldpremière
11 15 17 19 November

In these days of selfies in which we seem forever young, a psychological thriller from 1891, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde, is chillingly topical. The story about a young man who isn't getting any older inspired Meisner and Gerris to create their third joint choreography. This invigorating, modern dance performance, that brings together ballet and hiphop, will appeal to dance-lovers of all ages.

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.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Ballet Classic Family
09 10 12 13 16 18 21 23 24 26 27 29 30 31 December

Make sure you have the most beautiful places in 2020 at the cheaper rate of 2019!  

Because of the overwhelming success in 2019, The Nutcracker & The Mouse King will return in 2020. Tickets have been made available early for 10, 16 and 18 December 2020.

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

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Ballet Classic Family
01 02 January

Make sure you have the most beautiful places in 2020 at the cheaper rate of 2019!  

Because of the overwhelming success in 2019, The Nutcracker & The Mouse King will return in 2020. Tickets have been made available early for 10, 16 and 18 December 2020.

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.

Stravinsky Fairy Tales

Ballet stravinsky Classic
09 11 12 13 16 18 19 21 24 28 February

The most important contemporary classical ballet choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky, made two brilliant ballet fairy tales to music by Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss and Firebird. Rousing group scenes, brilliant pointe variations and majestic music drag you right through drama and suffering to the 'happy end'.

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

Dorian

Ballet Hiphop Wereldpremière
02 03 07 11 16 17 19 March

In these days of selfies in which we seem forever young, a psychological thriller from 1891, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde, is chillingly topical. The story about a young man who isn't getting any older inspired Meisner and Gerris to create their third joint choreography. This invigorating, modern dance performance, that brings together ballet and hiphop, will appeal to dance-lovers of all ages.

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.

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

Onegin

Ballet Classic Drama
02 03 07 10 11 30 April

John Cranko created one of the greatest love dramas in ballet history. Early love and broken hearts in an incredible choreographic richness make Onegin at least as compelling as Giselle and Swan Lake.

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

Onegin

Ballet Classic Drama
03 05 07 13 May

John Cranko created one of the greatest love dramas in ballet history. Early love and broken hearts in an incredible choreographic richness make Onegin at least as compelling as Giselle and Swan Lake.

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.

Nederlands Dans Theater

Dans Modern
13 14 May

This programme brings together four choreographic voices.

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.

Stravinsky’s Masterpieces

Ballet stravinsky Modern
14 18 21 25 26 29 June

During the Holland Festival 2021 we will round off our Stravinsky Year with Stravinsky’s Masterpieces: three enthralling choreographies by Michael Fokine, Krzysztof Pastor and Shen Wei. Exclusively for this programme, Dutch National Ballet will join forces with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which will perform all three compositions under the baton of the Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno.

New Moves 2021

Ballet Talent Experiment
26 June

Like to meet the choreographers of the future? The annual New Moves programme gives the Dutch National Ballet dancers the opportunity to develop their choreographic talent and present their creations to an inquisitive and adventurous audience. Let us surprise you!