Dutch National Opera & Ballet
The Dutch National Opera (DNO) is the Netherlands’ largest opera company and is based in the heart of Amsterdam. DNO has grown into one of Europe’s most prominent and progressive opera companies under the leadership of artistic director Pierre Audi. The Chorus of Dutch National Opera contributes significantly to this success. Since the 2011-2012 season Marc Albrecht has been the chief conductor of both DNO and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.
DNO produces music theatre productions at the highest international level, with a clear focus on artistic quality, diversity and innovation. 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 Dutch National Opera & Ballet but operas are occasionally staged in other venues, including the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Royal Theatre Carré, on the grounds of the Westergasfabriek and in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.
DNO typically realises 11 opera productions each season, with an average attendance of 92% capacity. In order to reach a wider audience, most productions are broadcast live on radio and several productions per year are televised. In addition, many of DNO’s opera productions have been issued on DVD.