For a city that hardly conjures associations with opera, Amsterdam certainly has a jewel of an opera company in the form of De Nederlandse Opera (DNO).
DNO draws on a pool of local Dutch talent to assemble the stellar company that performs its unique repertory each season. Their lower profile - at least compared to continental counterparts such as Milan's Teatro alla Scala or the Vienna State Opera - allows the theater to experiment with innovative productions of established titles, as well as the leeway to present both obscure classics and contemporary operas.
Performance seasons at DNO are a study in diversity, and music lovers of all tastes will find a production for them: the 2010-2011 season, for example, featured productions from Mozart's eternal Don Giovanni and Beethoven's sole opera, Fidelio, to Zimmerman's politically-minded Die Soldaten ("The Soldiers") and Toshio Hosokawa's dreamy Hanjo, both composed in the past century.
Opera novices and seasoned veterans alike will be enthralled with the DNO's first-rate performances in the cozy, amphitheater-like Muziektheater.
De Nederlandse Opera Visitor Information:
De Nederlandse Opera Address:
- By tram - Line 51 to Waterlooplein.
- By metro - Lines 53 or 54 to Waterlooplein.
De Nederlandse Opera Tickets
Advance purchase is recommended, as desirable seats tend to sell out; tickets can be ordered from De Nederlandse Opera's web site, or via the box office hotline, +31 (0)20 635 5455.
Tickets can also be purchased at the box office, open Mon. - Fri. midday - 6 p.m. and Sat., Sun. and holidays midday - 3 p.m. Note that the box office is closed on Sundays and public holidays when no performance is scheduled.
Call +31 (0)20 551 8117 or visit De Nederlandse Opera's web site.