September 2019

Pagliacci - Cavalleria rusticana

Opera Double bill Italie
21 24 28 September
The duo Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana is one of the most famous double bills in the history of opera. Packed with love, infidelity, betrayal, jealousy and murder, these two pinnacles of the Italian opera repertoire have it all. With a world-class star cast.

Guided tours

Behind the scenes

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

Best of Balanchine III

Ballet Classical
22 27 29 September

Pioneering, original and timeless, George Balanchine's (1904-1983) ballets are often compared to Picasso's paintings or Stravinsky's music. In Best of Balanchine, Dutch National Ballet honours the genius and astounding versatility of this master choreographer.

Lunch concerts

Concert Free admission
24 September

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.

 

October 2019

Guided tours

Behind the scenes
01 05 15 October

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

Lunch concerts

Concert Free admission
01 08 15 October

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.

 

operaflirt XL

De Nationale Opera
01 October
Dutch National Opera is presenting Operaflirt XL: Così fan tutte. The general rehearsal of Così fan tutte on 1 October 2019 is reserved exclusively for those aged 35 and under.

Così fan tutte

Opera DNO classic Wolfgang Mozart
03 06 08 11 13 17 19 21 October
Così fan tutte tells the story of four young lovers, set in the tumult of a holiday resort. As the plot unfolds, twists reminiscent of reality soaps arise, with some harsh lessons for the lovers.

Romeo and Julia

Ballet Classic Love drama
10 12 18 20 22 23 25 26 27 29 30 31 October

To this day, the city of Verona in Italy is still flooded with letters every week addressed to ‘Julia Capulet, Verona’. There could be no greater testament to how deeply Shakespeare’s classic tragedy continues to touch hearts around the world.

Kunstkamer

Dance Nederlands Dans Theater
15 16 October

In 2019 NDT celebrates its sixtieth anniversary with an extraordinary anniversary programme that is unique in the company's existence.

 

Kriebel

Opera Family
19 20 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?"

The little big box

Ballet Talent
22 23 24 25 26 27 October

The little big box tells the story of children who discover a magical chest in the attic and unlock a marvellous dance adventure.

November 2019

Guided tours

Behind the scenes
12 16 23 30 November

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

Best of Balanchine III

Ballet Classical
05 06 07 10 17 19 20 22 23 24 November

Pioneering, original and timeless, George Balanchine's (1904-1983) ballets are often compared to Picasso's paintings or Stravinsky's music. In Best of Balanchine, Dutch National Ballet honours the genius and astounding versatility of this master choreographer.

Lunch concerts

Concert Free admission
05 12 19 26 November

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.

 

The little big box

Ballet Talent
02 03 November

The little big box tells the story of children who discover a magical chest in the attic and unlock a marvellous dance adventure.

Gala Dansersfonds

Ballet
14 November

This year it is 40 years ago that former Dutch National Ballet principal dancers Alexandra Radius and Han Ebbelaar established Dansersfonds’79.

Die Walküre

Opera Richard Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen
16 20 24 27 November
Don’t miss this final chance – ever! – to see Die Walküre, the second and most entrancing part of Wagner’s Ring, in the legendary production by Pierre Audi. A fiery spectacle around gods, demigods and mortals. 

December 2019

Guided tours

Behind the scenes
03 07 10 14 28 December

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

Lunch concerts

Concert Free admission
03 10 18 December

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 Walküre

Opera Richard Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen
01 04 08 December
Don’t miss this final chance – ever! – to see Die Walküre, the second and most entrancing part of Wagner’s Ring, in the legendary production by Pierre Audi. A fiery spectacle around gods, demigods and mortals. 

La Cenerentola

Opera Magical Classic
03 06 10 12 16 18 22 26 28 December
In its first-ever staging at Dutch National Opera & Ballet, the exuberant fairy tale opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) promises to be a fun-filled and unforgettable December performance to enchant the whole family. Special children’s ticket prices apply for La Cenerentola!

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Ballet Classic Family
14 15 17 19 20 21 23 24 25 27 29 30 31 December

A heart-warming fairy-tale ballet to lighten the dark days of winter, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is a choreography by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling based on the Christmas classic, and one of the most successful Dutch theatre productions of all time.

January 2020

Guided tours

Behind the scenes
11 14 18 January

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

Lunch concerts

Concert Free admission
07 14 21 28 January

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.

 

Kriebel

Opera Family
02 03 04 January
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?"

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Ballet Classic Family
01 January

A heart-warming fairy-tale ballet to lighten the dark days of winter, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is a choreography by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling based on the Christmas classic, and one of the most successful Dutch theatre productions of all time.

Rodelinda

Opera Baroque Italie
14 16 19 21 23 26 28 January
What makes Handel’s opera Rodelinda such a popular favourite? In arias suffused with grief, bitter yearning and joy, her story speaks to our imaginations and draws us into her dilemma. What would you do, faced with a choice between loyalty and power?

Nabucco

Opera Verdi Classic
27 30 January
Nabucco is a biblical drama in both narrative and scale and was the young Verdi’s breakthrough composition. Perhaps best known for the beautiful chorus of the slaves, this is the first time this beloved opera is being mounted at Dutch National Opera & Ballet.  

February 2020

Guided tours

Behind the scenes
01 04 08 18 25 29 February

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

Lunch concerts

Concert Free admission
04 18 25 February

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.

 

Kriebel

Opera Family
22 23 February
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?"

Nabucco

Opera Verdi Classic
02 05 09 12 16 19 22 February
Nabucco is a biblical drama in both narrative and scale and was the young Verdi’s breakthrough composition. Perhaps best known for the beautiful chorus of the slaves, this is the first time this beloved opera is being mounted at Dutch National Opera & Ballet.  

Frida

Ballet Modern World premiere
06 08 11 13 14 15 18 23 25 February

Frida by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa was inspired by the life story of Frida Kahlo. One of the most intriguing artists of the twentieth century, the Mexican-born Kahlo refused to bow to misfortune, zealously fought taboos and championed women's rights, and painted portraits that became famous the world over.

Giselle

Ballet Classic Love drama
21 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. 

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, George 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, George 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.

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?