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Opera Days Rotterdam

Opera Days Rotterdam

May 17, 2019May 26, 2019
Various locations
Rotterdam

Opera Days Rotterdam

For 10 days in May, Rotterdam will be hosting more than 100 opera performances, revealing the future of opera at various indoor and outdoor venues across the city at Opera Days Rotterdam!

Opera Days Rotterdam

Opera Days (Operadagen) Rotterdam is an international 10-day festival that offers contemporary opera and music theatre, now in its 14th year. It's not only aimed at aficionados, but it also intends to reach a new audience.

Festival theme for 2019: Metamorphosis

The theme for this year is "Metamorphosis", which is about the transformation that takes place at the climax of many epic heroic tales. Rooftops, city squares, churches and parks transform into pop-up opera houses all across the city.

Heroic and topical stories will be revealed, of people who leave their familiar world behind, cross literal and symbolic boundaries, and undergo great changes in the hope of (re)discovering their identities.

International highlights

The programme for Rotterdam Opera Days 2019 presents several international highlights, which include fresh interpretations of classical works, as well as newly minted performances:

Einstein on the Beach

At De Doelen, on May 22, Philip Glass's famous large-scale opera Einstein on the Beach takes place, featuring Collegium Vocale Gent, Ictus and the narrator Suzanne Vega.

The Valkyrie

Richard's Wagner's The Ring of the Niebelungen is one of the most famous and longest operas in history, which includes The Valkyrie. Edo de Waart conducts the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra in this concertante performance on May 25.

8: Metamorphosis

This is a dance opera by Nicole Beutler, inspired by the visual artwork of M.C. Escher, the words of the Roman poet Ovid and the music of the English 17th century composer Henry Purcell.

Get your tickets

Browse the Rotterdam Opera Days website for information on the great deals, from opera and lunch combination tickets, to day passes.


Photo credit: Salih Kilec and Krista van der Net
All images courtesy of Operadagen Rotterdam