328 search results for…


Daniel Behle & Malin Byström Lead Dutch National Opera’s ‘Lohengrin’


(Credit: © Marta Syrko) The Dutch National Opera is set to present Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” Lorenzo Viotti will make his Wagnerian debut after having performed in “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Turandot.” The cast will include tenor Daniel Behle in the title role, soprano Malin Byström as Elsa, baritone Thomas Johannes Mayer as Telramund, and soprano Martina Serafin as Ortrud. Björn Bürger and {…}


Dutch National Opera to Present Kaija Saariaho’s ‘Innocence’


(Photo credit: Marta Syrko) The Dutch National Opera is set to present Kaija Saariaho’s “Innocence” for six performances this fall. The production, which opens on Oct. 10, 2023 and runs through the 22nd, will be directed by Simon Stone and conducted by Elena Schwarz. The opera is set to star Jenny Carlstedt, Lenneke Ruiten, Thomas Oliemans, Lilian Farahani, Markus Nykanen, {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Dutch National Opera 2022-23 Review: Rusalka


(Photo credit: Ⓒ-Clärchen and Matthias Baus) Something in the Zeitgeist tells us that the old saying “Dreaming is free” is no longer true. If the box-office bomb “Babylon” explored how much the Hollywood dream can cost, and it costs a lot, both in the film and in the box-office. Philipp Stölzl and Philipp M. Krenn’s take on Dvorak’s “Rusalka” follows {…}


Dutch National Opera Academy Announces 2023-24 Season


The Dutch National Opera Academy has announced its 2023-24 season. Conrad Susa’s “Transformations,” an entertainment in two acts from the book of Anne Sexton will be conducted by Sam Weller and directed by Rennik-Jan Neggers. Performance Dates: Feb. 7-11, 2024 Rossini’s “L’occasione fa il ladro” will be conducted by Benjamin Wenzelberg and directed by Daniel van Klaveren. Performance Dates: April {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Paul McNamara On The Dutch National Opera Academy’s Opera Course: Its Aims, Philosophy, Expectations & Practical Aspects


Paul McNamara is a man with a varied career, indeed! Born in Limerick in the west of Ireland, he originally followed a path that took him, via the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, into a successful singing career in which he performed quite a broad repertoire of tenor roles with a strong {…}


Lorenzo Viotti Steps Down from Dutch National Opera


Lorenzo Viotti, the current chief conductor of the Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, has announced that he will remain in his position until season 2024-25 before stepping away from the company. The conductor said that he plans to pursue a new rhythm that prioritizes his personal life and development. In a statement, Viotti said, “I have decided {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Dutch National Opera Forward Festival 2023 Review: Perle Noire, Meditations For Joséphine


Photo: Ruth Walz Josephine Baker was born into poverty in the early 1900s in St. Louis, Missouri, at a time when open discrimination against black people was enshrined in the Jim Crow laws. By the age of 12, she had dropped out of school and, within a year, was married. Fast forward to the mid-1920s, and she was the toast {…}


Kristina Mkhitaryan Lead Dutch National Opera’s ‘Maria Stuarda’


The Dutch National Opera is set to perform “Maria Stuarda,” the second installment of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy. The company will present a new production by Dutch director Jetske Mijnssen, which is a co-production with Teatro San Carlo (Naples) and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia). Enrique Mazzola, a specialist in the bel canto repertoire, will conduct the Donizetti masterpiece. The {…}