Telling stories with music

For children who love to sing and play, Dutch National Opera organises a weekly children's chorus. Accompanied by a pianist and a singing and acting teacher, you get to work with (contemporary) opera repertoire. Besides working with existing repertoire, we will also create new repertoire together: new stories that we will tell with music. That way, you learn to sing and to tell stories with music.

There are two groups: group I for children aged 5 to 8 and group II for children aged 9 to 12. Do you like singing and acting? And are you between 5 and 12 years old? Then sign up for Opera Heroes!

Artistic coordination & musical direction: Hanne van de Vrie and Ineke Geleijns


Summer holiday project 2021

Due to an insufficient number of registrations, the Opera Heroes Summer Holiday Project 2021 can unfortunately not take place. If you have registered your child for this project, you will receive a message from us by e-mail.

You can still register your child for the Opera Heroes Summer Holiday Project! Due to the lifting of the corona measures the fact that the chorus has hardly been able to rehearse this year, we are organising a project week in the first week of the summer holidays (North region) that is centered around the opera Gold! by Leonard Evers.

In collaboration with Hanne van de Vrie and Laura Trompetter (percussionist in the opera Goud!) the children will create a mini-opera with the elements from the performance: rhythm, speaking, singing, soundscapes and telling a story through song and sound.

Scènefoto uit productie Operahelden
Photo: Kim Krijnen

Practical information

Opera Heroes takes place in Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Waterlooplein 22, Amsterdam. Children have to come to the theatre with their own transport. After the children have arrived, they will be accompanied during the lessons.


  • Kick-off Sunday 4 July
    - 10.00-12.30: GroupI & II
    - 12.30-15.00: Group II                           
  • Monday 12 July until Wednesday 14 July
    - 10.00-12.30: Group I & II
    - 12.30-15.00: Group II
  • Thursday 15 July
    - 10.30-15.00 Group I & II

Costs and registration
The costs for participating in this project are € 50,- per child. You can pay this amount via the application button below. After payment your child is registered. You will receive more information as soon as possible. You can register your child until 25 June via the application button below. 

When participating in Opera Heroes, the children experience an instructive and fun journey. It is important that the children attend all rehearsals.

If you have any questions, please contact the  Education, Participation and Programming Department of Dutch National Opera & Ballet via