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Dutch National Opera & Ballet

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Plantage & the East
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Address: Amstel 3, 1011 PN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31206255455
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Dutch National Opera & Ballet is the foremost institution for opera and...

Dutch National Opera & Ballet is the foremost institution for opera and ballet in the heart of Amsterdam. As the largest cultural institution in the Netherlands, Dutch National Opera & Ballet brings all aspects of the ballet & opera-world's artistry, technique & craftsmanship together with its own specialised workshops & rehearsal rooms. Follow a tour in the building or enjoy one of the opera or ballet performances.

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Solid dancing, feels more like a musical than a ballet

The dancing in general and the soloists in particular were excellent, Igone de Jongh was especially graceful and elegant as Mata Hari. The music can be both fun and bombastic as... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The dancing in general and the soloists in particular were excellent, Igone de Jongh was especially graceful and elegant as Mata Hari. The music can be both fun and bombastic as well as very uncomfortable. Interesting choices by the composer. The choreography was good, although the last pas de deux between Mata Hari and her husband was intense and vivid,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was lucky enough to get a front row seat for the production of Haendel's Ariodante. The floor of the orchestra pit was raised to the level of the front row and I was literally seating next to a violonist, as if I was inside the music. The Cologne orchestra was exceptionally good and the singers too. This was reflected... More 

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to the Mata Hari ballet and it was simply amazing! The choreography, the scenarios, the light effects and sound were combined into a perfectly designed masterpiece. The life of Mata Hari, as dreadful as it was, is shown into a beautiful way by the dance, and all the impressions are so well constructed you easily get cought by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Young or old, if possible you definitely should go to the Mata Hari balletpiece at Dutch National Opera & Ballet. It's a beautiful modern piece that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

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Maui, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took opera lessons, so visiting this place just touches me. It's phenomenal and everyone that went with me agreed! I loved the ballet, and that's nothing but the truth. Everything was brighter, we felt more in tune with the times. It just gave me the sense of youth that was long lost!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Try to get tickets: at prices well below those in other major operas an opportunity to have an exciting evening with high quality music (or ballet). Ariodante which is on at the moment is one of those gems!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the National Opera & Ballet on December 19 for The Nutcracker. I've seen so many versions of the Nutcracker over the years and this was a fantastic version. I enjoyed the ice skating scene so much. The kids did a fabulous job and the "country" dances were fabulous. We had the last row in the house on... More 

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Amsterdam, Nederland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Dutch National Ballet is definately one of the best companies in the world. Loved Nutcracker, wonderful production!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Wonderful ensemble work and marvellous, magical stage set and stagecraft. The orchestra playing was also a great performance in its own right.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

Exceptional performances, beautiful venue and outstanding service (all in fluent English). The Opera had English and Dutch subtitles (performed in Dutch), which made it extra fun working out the language. Our seats were first row Mezzanine and first row balcony. Both were great seats (if you're on a budget, the front of he balcony is perfectly fine seating). We've been... More 

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