Muziektheater in Amsterdam
The Muziektheater is the most important opera and ballet venue in the Netherlands. It is part of the Stopera, a complex that also houses the city hall. The Muziektheater (The Music Theater) is home of The Dutch Opera, The National Ballet, and the Holland Symphonia. The music theater is situated at the borders of the river Amstel in one of the oldest parts of the city.
History of the Muziektheater
The idea of building a complex that would house a music theater and a city hall first came up in 1915. It took long for the plan to materialize, but in 1981 the City Council finally took the decision to go forward with the project. The Dutch architect Cees Dam was appointed to build the Music Theater in cooperation with Wilhelm Holzbauer, who was responsible for the city hall. The Music Theater celebrated its officially opening in 1986 and the City Council moved to the new city hall in 1988.
Architecture of the Music Theater
The architects of the music theater and city hall complex were confronted with a major challenge: How to integrate the building plans of the city hall and the music theater into one design? On the ground floor can be seen how they succeeded in tackling this difficulty. The city hall is functionally and spatially merging with the Music Theater and covered streets incorporate the building harmoniously into the life of the old city center. One of the most beautiful features of the building is the 14 meter curved façade, facing the river Amstel.
The Dutch Opera
Since its establishment in 1964 the Dutch Opera (Nederlandse Opera) has a reputation for daring productions. The Dutch Opera stages a lot of modern operas and new, innovative productions of the standard classical repertoire. In 2009 they will perform operas as varied as Verdi’s Traviata, Janáček’s Makropulos, Adam in Ballingschap from the Dutch composer Rob Zuidam and Bizet’s Carmen. The company is led by Pierre Audi who is artistic director since 1988.
The National Ballet
The National Ballet (Het Nationale Ballet) is one of the leading ballet companies in the world. The high artistic and technical level of the National Ballet attracts young talent from all over the world. The National Ballet does not only stage romantic repertoire like the ballets of Tchaikovsky but also performs 20th century and avant-garde ballets. The company is since 2003 led by the Australian choreographer Ted Brandsen.
The Holland Symphonia
The Holland Symphonia (Holland Symfonia) accompanies the National Ballet in the Music Theater in Amsterdam and plays symphonic concerts at the Concert Hall in Haarlem. The orchestra is also involved in educational projects. With its segmented programming it targets specific audiences. Programs include the traditional symphonic repertoire but also avant-garde and family concerts. The orchestra is led by Otto Tausk.
Theatre tickets can be bought at the box office:
Amstel 3 (ground floor of the Music Theater)
Telephone: +31(0)20 - 6 255 455
Tickets can also be booked online: www.muziektheater.nl
Monday to Saturday: from 10am to 6pm
Sundays, public holidays: from 11.30am to 2.30pm
When there is an evening performance, the box office is open until curtain-up.
Tickets tend to sell out fast, especially for productions of the classic repertoire. It is advisable to book ahead.
It is possible to get to the music theater by car but it can be quite a challenge to find parking space. There is an underground parking garage below the Music Theater, but it is often full. Other parking garages in the area are: “Waterlooplein”, and “Markenhoven” and there is one on the Valkenburgerstraat.
In general it is advisable to take a taxi or use public transport.
Underground lines 51, 53 and 54 stop at Waterlooplein Metro Station.
Tram 9 (Central Station-Diemen) and 14 (Sloterpark-Flevopark) stop at the Waterlooplein tram stop.
All public transportation runs frequently until a quarter past midnight.
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