Everything You Need To Know About The Dutch National Opera 2017-18 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Dutch National Opera has announced its 2017-18 Season.

New Productions 

The season opens with a new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” directed by Christof Loy. Michele Mariotti conducts an all star cast that includes Eva-Maria Westbroek, Roberto Aronica, Franco Vassallo, Robert Lloyd, Vitalij Kowaljow and Alessandro Corbelli.

It will be followed by a new production of Francesco Cavalli’s “Eliogabalo.” The production by Thomas Jolly stars countertenor Franco Fagioli, Nicole Cabell and Ed Lyon.

In November the company will present a double that includes Puccini’s “Gianni Schichi” and Alexander Zemlinsky’s “Eine Florentinsche Tragodie.” Zemlinsky’s work stars Nicolai Schukoff, John Lundgren and Ausrine Stundyte. Meanwhile Puccini’s work features Massimo Cavaletti, Mariangela Sicilia and Alessandro Scotto di Luzio. The new productions will be directed by Jan Philipp Gloger with Marc Albrecht leading the orchestra.

Pierre Audi directs a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” in January starring Stephen Gould, Riccarda Merbeth, Ian Paterson and Günther Groissböck. Marc Albrecht conducts.

Ivor Bolton conducts a new production by Simon McBurney of Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress.” The cast includes Paul Appleby, David Pittsinger, Kyle Ketelsen, Alan Oke and Andrew Watts. The production will bow in February.


The company will revive Puccini’s “La Boheme” with Sergey Romanovsky as Rodolfo and Eleonora Buratto as Mimi. The opera is slated for a December run.

Opera Forward 

The 2018 Opera Forward festival will begin in March with Henze’s “Das Floss der Medusa” starring Bo Skovhus and Lenneke Ruiten.

 Henze is followed by a new production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti” and James Macmillan’ “Clemency.” Pierre Audi will then direct Stefando Landi’s “La Morte d’Orfeo.”

In April Emily Magee and Anna Larsson lead the cast in Schonberg’s “Gurre-lieder.” Marc Albrect will conduct while Audi will direct.

Director Peter Sellars takes on Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” in a new production that will star Russell Thomas, Janai Brugger, Golda Schultz and Moncia Bacelli. Teodor Currentzis conducts all performances.

The company will then reprise Oene van Geel and Florian Magnus Maier’s new work “Hondenhartje.” The work had its world premiere at the Dutch National Opera in March.

In the summer Tobias Kratzer will direct a new production of Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann.” The cast includes John Osborn in the title role with Ermonela Jaho as Antonia, Christine Rice as Giuletta, Nina Minasyan as Olympia and Maartje Rammeloo as Olympia. Erwin Schrott is the four villains.

The season concludes with George Benjamin’s “Lessons in Love and Violence.” Benjamin conducts the works which stars Stéphane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Gyula Orendt, Peter Hoare, Andri Björn Róbertsson, Jennifer France, Krisztina Szabo and Samuel Boden.