Spotlight: De Nationale Opera

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Spotlight: De Nationale Opera

food | 14 April 2016

When you grow up listening to classical music, you’ll never be able to separate from it again. I’ve played the piano for many years and come from a family of musicians. Even though my music interest has broadened, my love for classical music has never changed. In university, I tried taking a couple of opera singing lessons. Of all singing forms, I find opera singing the most pure and passionate of all and thought I’d give it a go myself. I wasn’t successful at it, but it gave me the utmost sense of respect for singers who are able to yield their emotions to create the most dramatic and inspiring pieces.

The Dutch National Opera (or: De Nationale Opera) is one of the country’s prides when it comes to music, opera in particular. And in the year of their 50th anniversary, the Dutch National Opera was awarded the Opera Company of the Year award (which is like the Oscars to the opera world). I got to take a look behind the scenes to capture some of the magic behind the curtains.

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Costume making by the Dutch National Opera company.

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Hair & Make up department.

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

Nationale Opera Amsterdam

There’s a whole world that goes on behind the stage. From the costumes to the hair and make up department, the orchestra, singers and technicians,.. once the lights go out and the curtains open, the sound is that of a company’s efforts and work. And the singers and orchestra, delivering the promise of a dream.

In honor of the Dutch National Opera‘s anniversary and to conclude this concert season, two anniversary concerts will be given (on 29 June and 1 July). The concerts will star our very own, world-renowned, Eva-Maria Westbroek and will be conducted by Marc Albrecht (chief conductor of the Dutch National Opera since 2011).