Het Muziktheater Amsterdam (the Amsterdam Music Theater) is the most important opera and ballet venue in the Netherlands. Situated on the Amstel River in one of the oldest parts of the city, the music theater is part of the Stopera complex, which, in addition to housing the city hall, is home to The Dutch Opera, Holland Symphonia and The National Ballet.
Established in 1961when the Amsterdam Ballet merged with the Nederlands Ballet, Het Nationale Ballet (The National Ballet) is led by the Australian choreographer Ted Brandsen and considered to be one of the leading ballet companies in the world. In addition to its classic repertoire of ballets, the company also performs a number of 20th century and avant-garde ballets.
For the current season, Het Nationale Ballet staged a performance of Don Quixote. The company’s interpretation of the ballet by the Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky was first performed in 2010 and was internationally praised as the most beautiful and sophisticated version that exists of the choreography.
Other performances for the season include Sleeping Beauty, which will be staged during the holiday season and includes music from composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (who also created music for The Nutcracker, another holiday favorite) and a new version of the fairytale ballet Firebird in co-production with the American Ballet Theatre, and choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.
For tickets or more information visit Het Muziktheater Amsterdam website.
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