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De Nederlandse Opera

De Nederlandse Opera (DNO) is the Netherlands’ largest opera company and is based in The Amsterdam Music Theatre. DNO has grown into one of Europe’s most prominent and progressive opera companies. To start at 2013 Els van der Plas is the general director of De Nederlandse Opera, Dutch National Ballet and the Amsterdam Music Theatre.

DNO has grown under the leadership of administrative director Truze Lodder and artistic director Pierre Audi, now in 24 years a successful team. Truze Lodder resigned at October 1, 2012.

Marc Albrecht is DNO’s chief conductor from the 2011-2012 season. DNO produces music theatre productions at the highest international level, with a clear focus on artistic quality, diversity and innovation. The sixty member Koor van De Nederlandse Opera contributes significantly to this success.

Examples of DNO’s audacious programming include the first Dutch staging of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen and the operas of Claudio Monteverdi. The majority of the performances are given in The Amsterdam Music Theatre, but operas are occasionally staged in other venues, including the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Koninklijk Theater Carré, on the grounds of the Westergasfabriek and in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.

DNO typically realizes eleven opera productions each season, with an average attendance of 96% capacity. In order to reach a wider audience, most productions are broadcast live on radio and several productions per year are televised. DNO also regularly organizes supplemental activities at other venues and via new media. In addition, many of DNO’s opera productions have been issued on DVD.