Adela Zaharia, Eric Cutler & Malin Byström Lead Dutch National Opera’s 2023-24 Season

By Afton Wooten

The Dutch National Opera has released its lineup for the 2023-24 season.

This season features many fan-favorite operas and premieres. Only vocal pieces are listed down below.

Kicking things off is Kurt Veill’s “Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.” Evelyn Herlitzius, Alan Oke, and Thomas Johannes Mayer are among the cast. Markus Stenz conducts with Ivo van Hove directing.

Performance Dates: September 6-27, 2023

“Innocence” is a contemporary work by composer Kaija Saariaho. Members of the cast Jenny Carlstedt, Lenneke Ruiten, Thomas Oliemans, Vilma Jää, and more. Elena Schwarz conducts the five-act opera.

Performance Dates: October 7 -22, 2023

Composer Mathilde Wantenaar adapted Toon Tellegen’s children’s book “A Song For The Moon” into a children’s opera of the same name. Béatrice Lachaussée will lead Vera Fiselier, Ginette Puylaert, Eline Welle, Jan-Willem Schaafsma, Berend Eijkhout, Mirna Ackers, and the National Youth Orchestra. The suggested age range is for children ages 6+. There will be closed matinee showings for schools.

Performance Dates: October 22 – November 12, 2023

Christof Loy’s new production of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” will star Daniel Behle in the title role. The cast also includes Anthony Robin Schneider, Malin Byström, Thomas Johannes Mayer, Martina Serafin, and Björn Bürger. Lorenzo Viotti conducts.

Performance Dates: November 11 – December 3, 2023

Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” features Christof Fischesser as Sarastro, Mingjie Lei as Tamino, Rainelle Krause as the Queen of the Night, and Ying Fang as Pamina. They are joined by the Boys’ Choir of the Chorakademie Dortmund. Riccardo Minasi conducts Simon McBurney’s new production.

Performance Dates: December 1 – 28, 2023

“The Theory of Everything” by Carlijn Metselaar and Roziena Salihu makes it premiere during the holiday season. The spoken word opera follows an 11-year named Nia through the exploration of art, science, opera, Western and African dance, and philosophy. Children ages 8 + are invited to attend. Private school performances will be offered.

Performance Dates: December 23, 2023 – January 7, 2024

Stéphanie d’Oustrac will sing the title role in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Händel’s “Agrippina.” She is joined on stage with John Holiday as Nerone, Ying Fang as Poppea, Gianluca Buratto in the role of Claudio, Tim Mead as Ottone, and Jake Ingbar as Narciso. Ottavio Dantone will lead the Avvademia Bizantina Orchesta.

Performance Dates: January 13 – 28, 2024

Next is Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Adela Zaharia sings the role of Violetta beside both Bogdan Volkov and Liparit Avetisyan as Alfredo under the baton of Andrea Battistoni. Tatjana Gürbaca directs the original production by Den Norske Opera.

Performance Dates: January 27 – February 18, 2024

The world premiere of Samy Moussa’s “Antigone” will be presented on a double with Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex.” “Antigone” is composed for a women’s choir and is sung in Greek. Edward Ananian-Cooper leads the Choir of the Dutch National Opera. Erik Nielsen will conduct Sean Panikkar, Sarah Connolly, Bastiaan Everink, and  Rafal Siwek along with the Netherlands Philharmonic in “Oedipus Rex.” Wayne McGregor directs the stage as well as the choreography for the National Ballet.

Performance Dates: March 9 – 24, 2024

“The Shell Trial” will make its world premiere starring Julia Bullock, Claire Barnett-Jones, Audun Iversen, Anthony Leon, and the Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor. “The Shell Trial” opera by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins is based on the play “The Shell Case” by Rebekka de Wit and Anoek Nuyens. Manoj Kamps conducts as Gable Roelofsen and Romy Roelofsen direct this story on the climate crisis.

Performance Dates: March 16 – 21, 2024

The final children’s production of the season is “Go Herman!” by Yvonne Jagtenberg. The author will read aloud her book for those over the age of two to music and games by Harpert Michielsen and Joost Brouwer.

Performance Dates: April 10 – 13, 2024

Donizetti’s “Robert Devereux” will be sung by Barno Ismatullaeva, Angela Brower, Ismael Jordi, and the Dutch National Opera choir under Enrique Mazzola’s baton. Jetske Mijnssen directs.

Performance Dates: April 18 – May 6, 2024

Barrie Kosky returns to direct Puccini’s “Il trittico.” Lorenzo Viotti conducts the three one-act operas.

Performance Dates: May 3 – 19, 2024

Closing out the season is Andriy Zholdak’s new production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Frederik Bergman, Eric Cutler, and Nicholas Brownlee are among the cast. Andrés Orozco Estrada conducts.

Performance Dates: June 5 – 29, 2024