What is the Young Patrons Circle?

The Young Patrons Circle is an international group of supporters of Dutch National Opera & Ballet. The circle offers exclusive looks behind the scenes and brings you closer to the magic of opera and ballet.

By joining the Young Patrons Circle, you’re helping us shape the direction and the future of Dutch National Opera & Ballet. You don’t need to be musically talented or light on your feet; all you need is a love for opera and ballet, and a sense of philanthropic commitment.

The Young Patrons Circle welcomes everybody under the age of 40. We look forward to meeting you!

Come and experience opera and ballet magic


What do you support?

Young Patrons support our entire house. Your donation is equally divided between opera and ballet projects. Donations of the Young Patrons Circle support projects by young talents specifically. This way, young professionals working outside our theatre, support young professionals working inside our theatre.

Opera Studio

Opera Studio

The Dutch National Opera Studio is a program for young artists, which offers six young singers extensive musical, language and vocal coaching by leading international voice teachers and conductors. The artists will participate in main stage productions, as well as in Opera Studio performances, in which they work with some of the finest directors of this day and age.

Junior Company

Junior Company

The Junior Company is the stepping stone for young dancers to make the leap from the Dutch National Ballet Academy to Dutch National Ballet. Every year, dancers from all over the world apply. The Junior dancers are given a daily program that mirrors that of the main company and will also be called upon to take the stage during main productions of Dutch National Ballet.


Different ways to contribute

YPC International Supporter

From €250 a year

Living abroad and you would like to attend our international activities?

  • An invitation to the YPC International trip
  • One ticket free of charge to the International Young Patrons Gala
  • A digital newsletter on Dutch National Opera & Ballet, its productions and upcoming YPC events

YPC Supporter

From €500 a year
  • One ticket free of charge to the International Young Patrons Gala
  • Invitations to behind the scenes events, premiere drinks and international YPC trips
  • An age-dependent discount to all regular performances (varying between 75% and 25%)

YPC Fellow

From €1000 a year
  • All the benefits of a YPC Supporter
  • Two tickets free of charge to the International Young Patrons Gala

YPC Benefactor

From €2500 a year
  • All the benefits of a YPC Fellow
  • An invite for two to the annual Opera Dinner
  • An invite to the Season Preview Party
Contact us
Stef Paijens
Stef Paijens
Coordinator Young Patrons Circle

Donations to Dutch National Opera & Ballet go to

Stichting Nationale Opera & Ballet Fonds

Rekeningnummer NL20 ABNA 0540179523

Meet some of our Young Patrons
YPC: Tim Oldeman

"Not only do I often get to go to opera and ballet performances, I also get to meet so many new people; from dancers to singers, from directors to fellow Young Patrons. During these encounters, something beautiful often emerges. We learn from each other and we enrich each other's views and perspectives."

- Tim Oldeman